Overflow Smith Rock Parking Almost Here: June 30 Update

June 30, 2016: THIS JUST IN FROM PARK MANAGEMENT

“Opening the lot has been delayed till the 2nd weekend of July. We are waiting on safety and regulatory signage.”

Sorry everybody–here’s the background below from our June 11 post:

Anyone walking or driving to the Northern Point may have seen some activity at the Park Field Office, or the “Rex” field.

Originally scheduled to open in August, an overflow parking lot has been moved up to June 21. (As of June 30, the 2nd weekend in July.) Much to the relief of those of you parking up to 2 miles away on most weekends. With school due out any day now, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Up Close and Personal with George Lepp and the Bald Eagles of Smith Rock

George Lepp is serious about capturing bald eagles, photographically speaking.

Two years ago he spent 12 weeks and over 80 hours documenting a pair of bald eagles from hatching to fledging. After watching the 10-minute movie in the Welcome Center he made of the process, we wanted to learn more about George.

George Lepp photographing bald eagles at Smith Rock State ParkSome of his credits include Field Editor for Outdoor Photographer Magazine and a Canon “Explorer of Light,” which features the industry’s most influential photographers.

His images have appeared in some of the world’s most widely viewed venues and on the covers of many books and magazines too numerous to list here.

Leave No Trace Partners Locally to Help Smith Rock

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics‘ mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.

After participating in Smith Rock’s 23rd annual Spring Thing trail cleaning/building day, they saw the need to put that mission to the test with the Smith Rock Needs Your Help Project.

Over 700,000 visitors come to the park’s 758 acres yearly, with 19,000 campers using The Bivy campground. Climbers, birders, hikers, trail runners, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and paddlers all use the park.