SALEM, Ore. - Those who are partial to staying in a yurt or cabin while they enjoy the outdoors will soon be able to bring their beloved pets along with them at many of Oregon's state parks.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, pet-friendly accommodations will open up at 21 state parks, at least one in almost every region of the state. The decision to allow pets comes after a successful pilot program at three campgrounds. Since May of 2009, pets have been allowed at a few yurts and cabins at South Beach State Park, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and LaPine State Park.
"The experiment confirmed that a demand existed for pet-friendly yurts and cabins," Richard Walkoski, Recreation Programs Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, said in a news release. "We're responding to that demand while remaining conscious of the preferences and needs of other campers."
The down side is that you will have to pay a $10 per night pet fee on top of the daily camping rate. You will also be limited to two cats or dogs.
Although the program doesn't open up until next year, you can make reservations for pet-friendly yurts and cabins starting on April 1. Just call Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687. Online reservations will not be available.
The pet-friendly yurts and cabins that will be opening up next year are:
On the Coast
In Western OregonChampoeg State Park, near Newberg, one of six yurts and one of six cabins Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton, four of 14 cabins L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, near Banks, one of 15 cabins Valley of the Rogue State Park, near Grants Pass, one of six yurts
East of the Cascades