The Prineville District BLM increases recreational access to rivers and campgrounds in Central Oregon

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With the lifting of public health and safety restrictions enacted by local, county and state officials, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District announced that recreational access is increasing in many locations throughout Central Oregon. The district is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

Beginning May 21, 2020, visitors will be able to access the following sites: For MORE INFORMATION SEE THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BLM HERE.

The Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River: All launches and take-outs for the Lower Deschutes River managed by the BLM will reopen beginning May 21, 2020. Trip leaders holding boater passes to launch May 21, 2020 and later will be able to run their trips with the following restriction:

The John Day Wild and Scenic River: All launches and take-outs for the John Day River will re-open beginning May 21, 2020. Trip leaders holding permits to launch May 21, 2020 and later will be able to run their trips. Group size will be limited to 16, and boating groups may not combine at any time if this number would be exceeded.

Campgrounds in the Cline Buttes, Crooked River Ranch and Lower Crooked River Areas: campgrounds will re-open to overnight use in the North Barr, Buckhorn, Steelhead Falls, Big Bend, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Post Pile, Cobble Rock, Castle Rock, Stillwater, and Lone Pine locations.