Thursday, July 30, 2020

Cedar Butte Road Closure 8/1/20

Cedar Butte Road will be closed on Saturday, August 1, 7:00 am-10:00 am, from the junction at Meusial Creek Road to the 1 mile. Large equipment will be blocking the road during the closure. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Designated Campsite & Recreation Area Closure: July 21 - August 31, 2020

Due to Forest Operations, the following designated campsites and recreation areas will be closed to all public use starting Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  They will re-open for public use September 1, 2020.

Designated Campsites

  • South Fork Trask Site #5
  • South Fork Trask Site #6 (also known as Lake Tahoe)
  • South Fork Trask Site #7 (also known as Lake Tahoe)
  • North Fork Trask Site #2
  • North Fork Trask Site #3
Recreation Area

  • Lake Tahoe is closed public.  
  • This includes the road into Tahoe, the trail and all areas surrounding the lake.

Signs will be posted in all of the areas listed above.  If you are out in these areas during the closure time period and the signs are missing, please err on the side of obeying the closure.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Campfire Closure

If you are headed out to dispersed camp in the Tillamook State Forest, please note that the fire danger level has increased to "MODERATE". 

This changes what is allowed for campfires and outdoor cooking gear.  For more information about fire season restrictions, please visit the "Fire Season" tab on this blog.

Thanks for helping to keep the Tillamook State Forest safe from fores fires.

Where can I have a campfire in the Tillamook State Forest?

      Fires are not allowed on rock or dirt roads to access recent timber harvest units.  These are not dispersed campsites and can be areas with increased risk of wildfires

If the fire danger level is MODERATE or higher, you can only have a campfire in the metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in:
  • Fee Campgrounds & Developed Day Use Areas
  • Designated Recreation Areas
  • Designated Campsites

Where can I smoke?
You can smoke in the closed cabin of your vehicle on improved roads or while in Designated
Recreation Areas, Fee Campgrounds or Designated Campsites.  This applies no matter
what the fire danger level.

What methods of heat can I use to cook in my campsite?

What methods you can use to cook depend on the fire danger level.

If the fire danger level is MODERATE or higher, cooking is limited to:
  • Metal fire pits installed by the Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Propane or gas camp stoves
  • Propane or gas BBQs
If the danger level is  MODERATE or higher, charcoal and wood burning BBQs are
prohibited outside of designated campsites and designated recreation facilities.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Regulated Use Fire Restrictions Start Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What do "Fire Restrictions" mean for your next visit to the Tillamook State Forest?

At 1:00 AM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association (NWOFPA), which includes the Tillamook State Forest, enters into the Regulated Use portion of fire season.

When you pass an orange or yellow sign like the ones pictured at the right it means that Regulated Use is in effect. 

For folks headed out to rural areas or to the Tillamook State Forest, there are several things to keep in mind as you prepare for your trip and while you are out in the woods during regulated use. 

Planning ahead and practicing fire safety will not only help keep Oregon's forests green, it may just save you a citation.

Check out the "Fire Season" tab on this blog for information related to campfires, OHV trails and other regulated use requirements and restrictions related to public use of Oregon's State Forests.

Vehicle Access Restrictions

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Raven Ridge Trail Temporarily Closed: Effective 06.01.2020

The Raven Ridge Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to timber sale related road and project work.

To keep an eye on the latest trail information, visit our Trail Reports on the Oregon Department of Forestry non-motorized trails page.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Here's What's Open in Oregon's State Forests

Recreate Responsibly
State forests are relatively remote and rural. Surrounding areas have worked hard to prepare their health systems for Phase I of re-opening and need to proceed with caution. Please try to find a local outdoor destination to enjoy.
If you can't delay travel, please consider the following:
  • Your actions could add an unnecessary stress on first responders.​
  • If you get lost or injured, it may take longer than usual for someone to assist. Calling up Search and Rescue teams puts a large stress on county resources, volunteers and their families and strain health care systems with limited capacity.
  • Please check with the land manager where you are headed to confirm the area is open. Closures related to COVID-19 are changing frequently, this page will be updated as needed. 

How can I visit state forests while maintaining social distance?
  • Prepare for your visit with the clothing, supplies, and knowledge you need to have a safe visit.
  • If you're ill, stay home.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue (then throw it away) or inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or soap and water – while some restrooms are open, most are vault toilets and do not have running water.
  • If a place is so crowded you can't maintain a healthy social distance — at least six feet — find a different place to go.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Press Release - Campground Openings Delayed, Bathrooms Closed


SALEM, Oregon –Three Oregon state agencies will suspend camping to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will accommodate current overnight guests through April 2. Reservations for all state park stays from April 3 to and including May 8 will be canceled and site fees refunded. Before May 8, the department will review the state park campground closure to decide whether it should be extended. The decision affects all individual and group overnight facilities: campsites, yurts, cabins, tepees, and services operated by concessionaires. The suspended service also affects reservations for group day-use areas.

The Oregon Department of Forestry maintains campgrounds in the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook State Forests. Most campgrounds are currently closed for the season, and will not reopen for individual or group use. Year-round campgrounds will close starting on Monday, March 23. All day-use and campground restrooms are temporarily closed due to limited janitorial services. A reopening date for all restrooms and state forest campgrounds has not yet been determined. During this time, trails, forest roads and trailheads on state forestlands will remain open to the public.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing its Wildlife Areas to overnight camping effective Sunday, March 22. The closure affects both dispersed camping and established campgrounds. Several wildlife areas are also currently fully or partially closed to all visitors as part of annual seasonal closures to protect wintering wildlife. While camping will be prohibited, wildlife areas that are currently open remain open to visitors for day-use activities including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation. See the ODFW Wildlife Area Visitor Guide for more information (link at bottom).

State park, forest, and wildlife area camping areas are built into relatively small areas by design. Maintaining social distance is difficult. Working with fewer staff and volunteers is becoming a reality, making it difficult to maintain proper cleaning procedures. To support the state goal of reducing transmission of COVID-19, temporary campground closures are necessary. The details of these actions—such as dates and affected programs—are under constant review and will change as new information develops.

This will reduce long-distance travel for many people, but all state natural resource agencies remind Oregonians that a local outdoor experience can improve our mental and physical health, especially now. Daytime activities are still widely available and encouraged. The usual reminders, plus the new COVID-19 guidelines, apply:
  • Prepare for your visit with the clothing, supplies, and knowledge you need to have a safe visit.
  • If you're ill, stay home.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue (then throw it away) or inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It's up to you to practice good personal hygiene, and not every place at every park can be kept clean all the time.
  • If place is so crowded you can't maintain a healthy social distance—at least six feet—find a different place to go.
Know before you go:

By Appointment Only

Hello All,

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and to protect employees and the public, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Oregon Department of Forestry will be changing the way it provides services at its main office in Salem and field offices statewide.

Our ODF offices will remain open, but starting March 23, in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only. This approach will allow the department to continue providing important services—including fire protection, timber sales, and forest practices operations—and avoid impacts to local economies while protecting employees and communities.”

We do offer a number of online services, including electronic filing for notifications of operations. For those who need additional assistance, please call the local ODF office. We will try to help by phone. If in-person discussion or assistance is necessary for service provision, we will set up an appointment.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry Office.

Thanks for your help and understanding! 

Archers Road Weekday Closure

Archers Road will be closed at milepost 3.25 Monday-Friday, 5:00am-3:00pm, due to active logging operations. The road will be open on Saturday and Sunday. The closure will last until approximately April 3, 2020.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CANCELED - April 18th Tillamook State Forest SOLVE Clean-Up

Hi Everyone,

We just received word from our partners at SOLVE – they will not be hosting the April SOLVE IT! project this year.

In that light – the Tillamook State Forest April 18th SOLVE Forest Clean-up is CANCELLED.

Please help us get the word out.

We know a lot of you have questions about other dates on the 2020 recreation calendar.  Right now, we do not have any answers about other events or dates currently scheduled for the 2020 recreation season.  When we do have answers, we will get those out to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for your understanding and support!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

CLOSED - Tillamook Forest Center

For the health of our staff, volunteers and visitors, the Tillamook Forest Center is CLOSED to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020.   This closure will last through at least March 31, 2020.  We will re-evaluate and update our schedule at that time.

We hope you make plans to visit us again once we re-open.

The Tillamook Forest Center Team

POSTPONED: March 28 Trail Mix Work Party

Hi Everyone,

The Trail Mix Volunteer Work Party scheduled for March 28, 2020 is being postponed in the interest of volunteer health and safety.

The Oregon Department of Forestry recreation team will be working with the work party organizers to reschedule this great day of trail maintenance and teamwork for later in the spring or summer.

Thanks to all who helped organize and to all who signed up ready to spruce up the Tillamook State Forest non-motorized trail network.

Stay tuned for updates about the status of April volunteer opportunities.  We plan on making a "Go / No Go" decision no later than Monday, March 30, 2020.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Trask Cutoff Road Closed

Trask Cutoff Road is closed due to road damage. Crews are working to repair the road and anticipate it will reopen on Friday, February 28, 2020.