Bureau of Land Management Restores Access to Campgrounds in Coos, Douglas, and Curry Counties
North Bend, Ore. – With the recent easing of public health and safety restrictions in Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that the Coos Bay District has restored overnight access to its campgrounds in Coos, Douglas, and Curry counties on June 11, 2020. Overnight camping is again permitted.
The BLM 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.
As of June 11, 2020, the Coos Bay District has reopened access to the listed campgrounds in the following counties:
- Coos County: Park Creek Campground
- Douglas County: East Shore, Smith River Falls, Fawn Creek, and Vincent Creek Campgrounds
- Curry County: Edson Creek and Sixes River Campgrounds
Visitors should be aware that sanitation services may be limited, restrooms may take additional time to reopen, and other amenities (such as firewood) may not be available.
In addition, the trail systems, day use sites, and dispersed camping opportunities on the Coos Bay District are available. Loon Lake Recreation Site in Douglas County remains closed for storm damage repairs.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At our campgrounds, the operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and to regularly monitor these. While some areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, practice social distancing and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
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.
Details and updates on operations will continue to be posted on our websites, www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions and social media channels. Phone inquiries are welcome at our local office by calling (541) 756-0100.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.