• Oregon Parks now offers same-day online coastal camping reservations for available sites

    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Cape Lookout Beach on the Oregon coast.

    You can now book same-day camping reservations on the Oregon coast. Find out more here.

    SALEM, Ore (KTVZ) — Visitors hoping to camp last-minute at the coast can now check online to view and book same-day openings when sites are available, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday.

    Previously, visitors could only make online reservations 24 hours or more in advance of their arrival. Now coast visitors can make online reservations on the same day that they plan to camp.

    The new option is part of a pilot program at the coast. The goal is to offer campers the security of knowing they have a site booked before they leave home, and to give park staff more time to offer interpretive opportunities and maintain park facilities and landscapes and provide a safe camping experience.

    “Same-day reservations at the coast give those traveling the peace of mind that there is a place ready for them when they arrive,” said Coastal Region Director Dennis Comfort.

    The coast is the busiest region in the Oregon State Parks system, with an estimated 1.9 million camper nights reserved each year across the 17 campgrounds. A camper night is one camper for one night, so a group of four camping two nights totals eight camper nights.


  • Minimum wage changes in Oregon on July 1

    The minimum wage is set to increase July 1st. Learn more here.


    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Anyone who works a minimum wage job in Oregon will get a raise starting July 1.

    In all parts of the state, the minimum wage will increase. However, in Oregon, the minimum wage is not equal across the state.

    Oregon’s minimum wage is divided into three areas: the Portland metro area, the “standard” area, and the non-urban area.

    In the Portland metro area, minimum wage will top $15 per hour for the first time. On July 1, 2023 it will jump from $14.75 to $15.45 per hour.

    The standard minimum wage will increase from $13.50 to $14.20.

    The non-urban minimum wage will increase from $12.50 to $13.20.