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Forest Service opens some day-use sites

The Deschutes National Forest opened most developed day-use sites and boat ramps on the national forest.

Those sites remaining closed have hazard trees or still have significant snow, the Forest Service reported.

“I am happy to share that we are opening many of our boat launches and trailheads that provide access to the landscape and recreation we all enjoy so much,” said Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes last week. “We appreciate your understanding as we work to restore services to these sites. In the meantime, we will not be charging day use fees.”

The specific status of each site on the Deschutes National Forest can be found at

Though these sites are considered open to the public, restrooms will not be regularly cleaned or maintained, nor will garbage services be provided. The public should be prepared to recreate responsibly without these services, “pack it in, pack it out,” and put campfires dead out.

All campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest remain closed. Dispersed camping is still allowed.

“We are working to open some campgrounds on the forest the first weekend in June. We will continue to open more campgrounds as safety issues are addressed and services can be provided,” said Jewkes.

Responsible recreation practices include:

• Maintain at least six feet distancing from others and respect other people on trails.

• Alert other trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything brought in. Pack it in, pack it out.

• Pack out your used toilet paper (use a small plastic bag) and bury human waste at least eight inches deep.


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