Dogs and cats can soon take naps in 20 yurts and 13 cabins in Oregon state parks.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept yurt and cabin reservations April 1 from customers with furry friends for stays starting Jan. 1, 2012.
The pet-friendly accommodations are located in 21 parks, at least one in almost every region of the state.
The expanded number of yurts and cabins that allow pets comes on the heels of a successful pilot program at three campgrounds.
Since May 2009 a few yurts and cabins at South Beach, Stub Stewart and LaPine have allowed campers of the four-legged variety. A yurt at South Beach, a cabin at Stub Stewart and two cabins at LaPine remain open to reservations for stays this year.
"The experiment confirmed that a demand existed for pet-friendly yurts and cabins," said OPRD Recreation Programs Manager Richard Walkoski. "We're responding to that demand, while remaining conscious of the preferences and needs of other campers."
Pets are allowed only in those yurts and cabins designated as pet friendly.
Pet-designated yurts and cabins may be reserved only by calling Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687. Online reservations are not available. At least one pet friendly yurt or cabin at each park will be ADA accessible. A $10 per night pet fee (non-refundable) on top of the daily rate will be charged. A limit of two pets is allowed each night. Pets are defined as cats and dogs.
Canine/feline welcome mats will be out in yurts and cabins at these 13 coastal parks campgrounds:
- Beverly Beach, near Newport, two of the park's 21 yurts;
- Bullards Beach, near Bandon, one of 13 yurts;
- Cape Blanco, near Port Orford, one of the park's four rustic cabins;
- Cape Lookout, near Tillamook, one of 13 yurts and one of six deluxe cabins;
- Devil's Lake, Lincoln City, one of 10 yurts;
- Fort Stevens, near Astoria, one of 15 yurts and 1 of 11 deluxe cabins;
- Harris Beach, Brookings, one of six yurts;
- Jessie Honeyman, near Florence, one of 10 yurts;
- Nehalem Bay, near Manzanita and Nehalem, two of 18 yurts;
- South Beach, near Newport, two of 27 yurts;
- Sunset Bay, near Charleston, one of eight yurts;
- William Tugman, near Reedsport, two of 16 yurts;
- Umpqua Lighthouse, near Reedsport, one of six deluxe yurts.
- Champoeg, near Newberg, one of six yurts and one of six cabins;
- Silver Falls, near Silverton, four of 14 cabins
- Stub Stewart, near Banks, one of 15 cabins;
- Valley of the Rogue, near Grants Pass, one of six yurts.
- Tumalo, near Bend, two of seven yurts;
- Prineville Reservoir, near Prineville, one of five deluxe cabins;
- LaPine, near LaPine, one of five rustic cabins and one of five deluxe cabins;
- Emigrant Springs, near La Grande, one of six rustic cabins.
More details and the exact locations of the 21 parks can be found online at www.oregonstateparks.org and by calling 1-800-551-6949.