Due to fire danger, public safety concerns and limited firefighting resources across the Western U.S., effective Friday, July 23 campfires are prohibited in all park or recreation facility operated by the Linn County Parks & Recreation Department, until further notice. This ban includes designated campfire areas, barbeque grills, charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves, propane lanterns, barbeque and fire-rings using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed. This ban covers all Linn County managed parks and recreation facilities and includes prohibitions on fires in designated fire rings. The public can also anticipate restrictions in other areas based on fire danger Thank you for your cooperation.
Update 7/23/2021- Currently, the Bruler Wildfire which is burning NE of the Green Peter Reservoir and the Quartzville Corridor is not threatening any Linn County managed recreation facilitates. Whitcomb Creek County Park, Quartzville Group camp and Rocky Top Bridge Group Camp are currently open. All other Linn County Parks also remain open and have not been affected by the fire. Campfires are currently only allowed in designated metal fire-rings in developed campgrounds. Please use extreme caution, never leave a campfire unattended and keep a bucket of water and a shovel close to the fire-ring.
Boaters visiting Green Peter Reservoir should be aware that the Thistle Creek Boat Ramp is the only open boat ramp allowing access to the reservoir. Due to low water levels the Whitcomb Creek Boat ramp is closed and the Thistle Creek boarding floats are out of the water. In addition, the Rumbaugh Creek floating restroom on Green Peter will be relocated to the Quartzville Creek arm of the reservoir later this week, due to the low water level. We have received many questions about why the Green Peter Reservoir water level is so low this year. What we learned from US Army Corps of Engineers, the controlling federal agency, is that Green Peter is a rain driven, rather than a snow driven system and because of the spring and summer drought conditions this year the reservoir did not fill and is falling quickly. (Photo 7/11/2021)
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Click here for the last Information on Linn County Parks & Recreation: July Linn County Parks Newsletter
The Following Campgrounds & Parks will Open for the Season:
- Lost Prairie Group Camp (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/21/21 for Season)
- Lewis Creek County Park, (Campground Opens on (5/28/21) for Season)
- Whitcomb Creek County Park & Campground.(Campground Opens on 4/16/2021 for Season)
The Following Campgrounds are Currently Open:
- Cascadia State Park
- Sunnyside County Park
- River Bend County Park & Campground,
- Edgewater RV Park, Foster,
- Waterloo County Park, Lebanon,
- Clear Lake Resort (Open) Lodge hours 7:am -4pm ,
- John Neal Memorial County Park & Campground.
- Whitcomb Creek County Park & Campground.
- Fernview Group Camp (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/7/21 for Season)
- Longbow Group Camp (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/7/21 for Season)
- Trout Creek Campground (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/14/21 for Season)
- Yukwah Campground (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/7/21 for Season)
- House Rock Campground (USFS),(Campground Opens on 5/7/21 for Season)
Linn County Parks Reservation Cancellation/Change fees have changed
As of 7/1/2020
- Reservation Change fee $12.00
- Cancellation of 4 nights or less nights fee......first nights camping fee.
- Cancellation of 5 or more nights fee......ALL camping fees.
- Restaurant is Open Thursday-Sunday 7:30am-5:00pm.
- Cabins will be cleaned and sanitized after each visitors stay and before the next visitors use.
- Public showers will be available for rustic cabin users. Showers are cleaned and sanitized twice per day. (Please bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant when using the shower for your safety).
- The Lodge is staffed and available for business between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Row boats and kayaks will only be available for 1/2 day or all day rentals.
- Public restrooms available for day-use visitors. (Please Bring your own soap, sanitizer and disinfectant for your safety)
- Picnic Shelter is closed.
- Use Last four Digits of your reservation # as your door entry code.
- Mask is required inside Lodge.
- Please stay 6' apart at all times; physical distancing is necessary for us to keep the resort open.
- Wear protective masks when approaching other member of the public and staff.
- Wash or sanitize your hands after using any public facility or equipment in the park
- Be thoughtful of others on trails, boat ramps, and parking lots.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has closed boat-in campsites on the banks of Green Peter Reservoir except at the Upper Whitcomb Boat-in Camp Area managed by Linn County Parks. Boat-in camping is not permitted anywhere else along the shoreline of Green Peter Reservoir. Anyone camping on the shoreline/banks of the Reservoir will be required to vacate the area. Boater may also stay overnight on your boats on the water in accordance with Oregon State regulations. Please contact the Oregon State Marine Board for further details and requirements for staying overnight onboard your boat. If you are planning to stay the night onboard your boat on Green Peter or at the Upper Whitcomb Creek Boat-in Camp Area, you may park your vehicle and boat trailer overnight in the boat ramp parking area at Whitcomb Creek County Park. You will need to pay a $7.00 overnight parking fee at the Whitcomb Creek Campground fee station and put the corresponding fee envelop stub on the dashboard of the vehicle which is being parked overnight in the boat ramp parking area.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.