SALEM, Ore. - Camping season is just beginning and now the state has 16 new deluxe cabins for those looking for a place to stay without the hassle of pitching a tent or dealing with the rain.
The new cabins are designed to sleep up to five people and they feature a number of amenities - a bathroom with a shower, a futon that folds into a double bed, a bedroom with a bunk bed, a dining area, a television and DVD player and a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator and microwave oven. The per-night rental runs anywhere from $56 to $82, depending on the location and season.
The prefabricated cabins and furnishings were built by Oregon Corrections Enterprises and local contractors were hired for the on-site installation. The cabins are located at:
- Prineville Reservoir State Park - 2 cabins that will open June 15, 2011.
- Fort Stevens State Park - 11 cabins that will open on July 1, 2011.
- Cape Lookout State Park - 3 cabins that will open on August 1, 2011.
State lottery dollars paid for the Cape Lookout and Fort Stevens cabins, and half the cost of the Prineville Reservoir additions. Federal funding from the Bureau of Reclamation financed the other half of the Prineville Reservoir expenses.
The addition of the 16 deluxe cabins brings the total cabins in Oregon's state parks to 90. Two thirds of the cabins are rustic style with heating, lights and beds with mattresses, but no bathrooms or kitchen areas.
Reservations can be made online or by calling Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687. Bookings are accepted two days to nine months in advance.