Alerts & Closures

Alerts & Closures

The USFS parks are closing for the camping season.

Park Closures:

Thistle Creek & Whitcomb Creek Boat Ramp Access Information

Visitors to Green Peter Reservoir, should be aware that, due to low water levels, the boarding floats (docks) at the Thistle Creek and Whitcomb Creek Boat Ramps are no longer available for use. Please use caution launching at the Whitcomb Creek Boat Ramp. The water level has dropped to the point where larger boats may not be able to launch safely. As the water level drops at Green Peter Reservoir this summer,  Here is some information  to keep in mind regarding boat ramp elevations and dock access on Green Peter Reservoir.  Green Peter full pool elevation is 1010’ and low pool elevation is 922’.  Current elevation is 974’ (as of 7/19/19).  The pool elevation is currently dropping at rate of 4-6 inches/day. Thistle Creek Boat Ramp:  The toe (bottom) of the upper ramp is at elevation 980’ the toe of the lower ramp is 919’.  Boarding Floats (docks) are no longer in the water at Thistle Creek.  The lower ramp should remain accessible all year.  Boater are now launching from the lower ramp.  There have been only two times in the last 22 years that the lower Thistle Creek Ramp has come out of the water, which was in the late Fall. Whitcomb Creek Boat Ramp:  The toe (bottom) of the Whitcomb ramp is at Elevation 970’.  Boarding Floats (docks) are still in the water at Whitcomb Creek, however, we expect the floats will to be out of the water at elevation 980’ which should happen in the next couple of days.  We expect the Whitcomb Ramp will close (inaccessible) due to low water around the third week in July.  At which time the only accessible boat ramp on Green Peter will be Thistle Creek.

Cascadia Soda Springs Trail Closure

The Soda Springs Trail at Cascadia State Park is closed indefinitely due to winter storm damage. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Cascadia State Park Group Facility Reservations

Linn County Parks and Recreation is now managing Cascadia State Park. The reservation system is being transferred to Linn County. Oregon State Parks is no longer taking reservations for Cascadia State Park's group camping and picnic facilities. Linn County will begin taking reservations for Cascadia's group facilities May 13, 2019 at 8:30am by phone at 541-967-3917. Reservations can be made over the phone Monday thru Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Become a Volunteer Camp Host

  Volunteer Camp Hosts Needed. Linn County Parks Department is seeking enthusiastic people to live in a variety of our parks to help with customer service, general campground work, and park security. Camp Hosts live in the parks as a condition of the position. The Camp Host application can be found here: Volunteer Camp Host Application. Please mail to: 3010 Ferry Street SW, Albany, Oregon 97322. Applications are also accepted be email or fax. Email:, Fax: (541) 924-6915. They perform the following services for the Parks Department: Volunteer Camp Host Description - Sunnyside County Park, Waterloo County Park, River Bend County Park, John Neal County Park, & Whitcomb Creek County Park.

Stayton Bridge Boat Ramp Construction Closure

The Stayton Bridge Boat Ramp will be closed for reconstruction July 8, 2019 through September 15, 2019.   For further information please contact the Linn County Parks Office at (541) 967-3917 or email:   Thank you for your patience.


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