Linn County Parks & Recreation Spring 2017 Newsletter

Thanks for reading our Spring 2017 Newsletter! We’re excited to share with you our many developments!

Total Solar Eclipse August 2017!

Everyone is talking about the total solar eclipse that will cross Oregon on Monday, August 21, 2017. Campgrounds and hotels in the path of totality are already full. The state of Oregon is expecting about a million visitors to the state at that time!

The eclipse will start around 8:45am, with a 2-minute total eclipse taking place around 10am for people in the path of totality. Linn County, Oregon, happens to be in the “path of totality” of the eclipse, which means it will be epic viewing. Linn County expects thousands upon thousands of tourists to descend on the town.

The best viewing of the eclipse can take place at a variety of our parks! 

  • Camping: We’re already full at our main campgrounds, but we have some spots at Edgewater and the forest service campgrounds
  • Day-use parks: Day-use facilities are available for family-friendly viewing: Waterloo county park, Sunnyside, Roaring River, and John Neal. John Neal Park will have the most exposure to the eclipse of all the parks. 
  • Bodies of water: Boating will offer GREAT viewing opportunities too.
  • Foster Reservoir and Green Peter Reservoir are great places to get out on your boat and watch the eclipse.
  • Boat ramps are available from dawn til dusk. Dawn is 30 minutes before sunrise. On August 21, Dawn is 5:51am. Be there early to avoid the rush!

Brand New Cabin at River Bend

Our new cabin at River Bend is available Memorial Day Weekend 2017 for reservations. Located on the banks of the upper South Santiam River, River Bend is a 90-acre park offering a full range of outdoor recreation opportunities including trails, river access, camping, day-use and group facilities. ​

Whitcomb Creek County Park to open later than usual

We’ll be opening Whitcomb Creek Memorial Day weekend 2017 in order to complete the paving and construction project. The expanded campground project won’t be completely finished this summer but it will be usable. The park will open Friday, May 26. We’ll keep the park open later than usual. Usually closes the end of September, but it will remain open until November 5 to allow for the accommodation of hunters. Hunting is not allowed inside the park, but many hunters will camp within the park and hunt in the region.

Official Spring Opening For Our Parks

We’ve hit our official Spring opening of our parks, meaning additional services and features for the spring/summer/fall are out and ready! US Forest service campgrounds that we manage on the South Santiam river will open Friday May 5th for the Season.

Restaurant Opening at Clear Lake

The popular regional restaurant at Clear Lake will be opening for the year! It will open with limited service (just on weekends) starting Saturday May 13 (Mother’s Day weekend). The restaurant will open 7 days a week on Friday, May 26.

Reserve Facilities, Cabins, and Campgrounds Online

We hope 2017 is a year of prosperity, safety, and outdoor recreation for all of our friends, family, and community. Don’t forget you can now easily make Linn County Parks & Recreation reservations online! 

Plan Your Trip

Linn County Parks offers family-friendly well-maintained parks, fishing, boating, camping, museums, and historic sites.

Find a Park

Hiking trails, waterfalls, covered bridges, and swimming areas are among the points of interest at our 30 parks.

Places to Camp

Spend a weekend in the heart of the Willamette valley at one of more than 400 campsites.