Forest supervisors announced the closures this morning, in response to Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home Stay Safe" order issued Monday. All campgrounds in the forest will be closed through May 8, along with any available restrooms.
- U.S. Forest Service, Wikimedia
- Sparks Lake, a popular camping area on the Cascade Lakes Highway in the Deschutes National Forest. Forest service officials have not yet opened the Cascade Lakes Highway this year, which closes each winter.
Day use trails and trailheads will stay open—but in keeping with the governor's order, people should only use trails when it's possible to maintain 6 feet of space between people.
The Deschutes National Forest, along with the Willamette National Forest, has made changes this year, requiring permits on certain popular trails. In a social media post two days ago, the Deschutes National Forest reminded people that permits become available April 7 at Recreation.gov. It's not yet clear whether any changes to that system will occur as a result of the current "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.