Patrick Mulvihill photo courtesy Hood River News/file
Families travel along the Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail near Starvation Creek State Park. A select few state-owned parks are reopening following closures caused by wildfires. Visitors should note the west portion of the trail remains closed.
As of Thursday, September 28, 2017
CORBETT (AP) — A handful of state-owned trails are reopening after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Monday re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.
The parks were closed because of the fire that spread to more than 48,000 acres and the related closure of Interstate 84.
All state park major and historic structures withstood the fire according to Clay Courtright, park manager for the West Gorge Management Unit.
“We're grateful that Vista House still stands as well as other iconic features well-loved by Oregonians and visitors to our state,” Courtright said.
Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he added.
Park staff will take stock of possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures.
The early review will “take time,” and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors:
• Ainsworth State Park and campground
• Benson State Recreation Area
• Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
• Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
• Dalton Point State Recreation Site
• George W. Joseph State Natural Area
• John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor
• Guy W. Talbot State Park
• Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
• Viento State Park
• West Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
Opening dates for the above will be determined later.
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.
For timely park information, visit www.oregonstateparks.org.
For smoke and air quality conditions, visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.
For road closures, see www.tripcheck.com.