OR/WA OPERATIONS AND ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the BLM is increasing access to recreation sites in Oregon and Washington.
The BLM is working with local partners as well as federal, state, and local public health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will use a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis. Visitors should expect differing levels of service and available facilities on public lands.
Updates on affected BLM facilities can be found below or by calling your local District office before visiting public lands. Please use the map below to determine which office you may need to call.
We ask for the public’s patience during this time of transition.
Some BLM District and Field Offices have restored access with limited in-person services. Please call ahead before visiting your local BLM office.
- Burns District: 541-573-4400, BLM_OR_BU_Mail@blm.gov
- Coos Bay District: 541-756-0100, BLM_OR_CB_Mail@blm.gov
- Lakeview District: 541-947-2177, BLM_OR_LV_Mailbox@blm.gov
- Medford District: 541-618-2200, BLM_OR_MD_Mail@blm.gov
- Northwest Oregon District: 503-375-5646, BLM_OR_NO_Mail@blm.gov
- Prineville District: 541-416-6700, BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov
- Roseburg District: 541-440-4930, BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov
- Spokane District: 509-536-1200, BLM_OR_SP_Mail@blm.gov
- Vale District: 541-473-3144, BLM_OR_VL_Mail@blm.gov
- OR/WA State Office: 503-808-6001, email@example.com
For questions regarding hunting and fishing regulations, please refer to the related state agency page:
BLM RECREATION UPDATES
The BLM is increasing recreational access in Oregon and Washington State. Visitors should expect differing levels of service and available facilities on public lands, and should note the following:
- UPDATE: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is temporarily closed.
- UPDATE: The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Interpretive Center and lighthouse are temporarily closed; outdoor spaces are accessible. The BLM is being responsive to changing circumstances and the information regarding closures may change at any time. Please call 541-574-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date information.
Many BLM-managed trails and open spaces are still accessible across Oregon and Washington State. The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation close to home to avoid putting strain on other communities. Visitors are encouraged to contact the appropriate District office for the most current information on Operations prior to visiting public lands.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating on public lands prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
The BLM encourages all visitors to incorporate the following outdoor recreation practices for safety and to avoid placing unnecessary strain on local communities and America’s public lands:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Practice physical distancing and good hygiene. Follow CDC guidance on social distancing, maintaining at least six feet between you and those outside your immediate household. Avoid touching high-traffic surfaces.
- Stay close to home. The state is still discouraging non-essential travel; this is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Be sure to bring enough food, water, sunscreen, etc., for the entire day so you can avoid unnecessary stops.
- Plan ahead to avoid crowds. Consider planning day trips during off-peak visitation times, such as early in the morning or on weekdays. Avoid crowding by not spending extra time in parking lots, at trailheads, or at boat launches. Launch one boat at a time to give others enough space to launch safely. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you.
- Come prepared. Visitors will likely find reduced or limited access to restrooms as the BLM begins restoring access at individual recreation sites and should bring their own soap/water/hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
- Leave no trace. Many BLM recreation sites are also likely to have reduced or suspended trash collection services at developed recreation sites. All visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace practices, including packing out all items they packed in, such as toilet paper, disposable gloves and masks, and food refuse.
- Avoid unnecessary risks. Health care workers and first responders are working hard to keep us all safe. Visitors should avoid high-risk activities that could potentially put a strain on local first responders, medical providers, and/or search and rescue teams.
- Prevent wildfires. As the region enters the spring and summer months, the BLM asks visitors to use fire prevention practices and reminds visitors that the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and fire tracer or incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-administered public lands in Oregon.
- Be kind to others. The BLM is proud to play a role in restoring access to some of America’s backyard treasures and provide nearby communities with the opportunity to enjoy their public lands during these stressful times. We are all in this together, so please be considerate of and welcoming to other visitors from appropriate physical distances. Please be particularly kind to park staff during these challenging times and help them do their jobs by doing your part to take care of each other and our beloved outdoors.
- Coos Bay District
- Roseburg District
- Spokane District (WA)
- Medford District
- Burns District
- Prineville District
- BLM Oregon
Contact your local BLM office for closure details before visiting your public lands.