Smith Rock 2019 Raptor Nesting Site Closures Begin on February 8


UPDATE JUNE 26, 2019:

PRAIRIE FALCON USUAL NESTING GROUND CLOSURES HAVE BEEN LIFTED. FIRST KISS AREA IS NOW OPEN. READ MORE>

UPDATE MAY 10, 2019:

GOLDEN EAGLE USUAL NESTING GROUND CLOSURES HAVE BEEN LIFTED. THE MONUMENT AREA IS NOW OPEN. READ MORE>

UPDATE APRIL 2, 2019:

PEREGRINE FALCON USUAL NESTING GROUND CLOSURES HAVE BEEN LIFTED. BOTH THE SMITH ROCK GROUP AND PICNIC LUNCH WALL ARE OPEN.

AS ALWAYS, BOOKMARK THE SEASONAL CLOSURES PAGE FOR CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED CLOSURES


February 5, 2019

Golden and Bald eagles closures are in effect starting this Friday, February 8, 2019 to August 1, 2019. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags courting, and possibly mating, according to the rumor mill. Eagle nesting site closures for climbing routes and camping along the Bivy rim at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect at that time, with detailed route closures by area below. PLEASE NOTE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY RULES.

Falcon nesting site closures for Peregrines and Prairies are slated to start on or after Friday, February 15. These closures are based on last year's nesting sites and could change, as they have these last few years. Normally the closure is February 1-July 31 for Golden eagles in the Monument Area. The West Side Crags Falcon nesting areas usually reopen by mid June. We will post updates here and on Facebook

For those of you coming here from out of the area, please note these closures only affect a small number of all the routes in the park, and hiking trails remain open.



Keeping the eggs warm courtesy Jack Wills

Keeping the eggs warm courtesy Jack Wills

BALD EAGLE CAMPGROUND SPOTS CLOSURE:
FEB. 8- AUG. 1

Bivy Campground Canyon Rim tent sites are closed. Look for posted signage in the affected areas. The rest of the campground is open, only a few tent sites are closed along the rim.

Please observe photography rules put in effect recently due to large crowds across from the nesting area on the Bivy Campground Rim:

  • DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE RIM BEHIND THE CLOSURE SIGNS OR WITHIN DIRECT LINE OF SIGHT OF THE RAPTORS.

  • CHAIRS ARE NOT PERMITTED WITHIN LINE OF SIGHT OF THE NEST. THIS ALSO APPLIES TO OTHER GEAR BESIDES CAMERAS.

  • TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE SITE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 7, WITH A MAXIMUM OF 5 CAMERAS SET UP FOR ALL 7 PEOPLE

  • LET PARK STAFF KNOW AT 541-548-7501 IF YOU OBSERVE VISITORS NOT FOLLOWING THE GROUND RULES.

  • NO PARKING IN THE CAMPGROUND PARKING LOT. PICKUPS AND DROP OFFS ARE OK IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN STAY WITH THE CAR, ARE NOT TAKING UP A PARKING SPOT, AND NOT BLOCKING TRAFFIC.

  • TRY TO SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT ON WEEKDAYS OR IN LESS THAN IDEAL WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Please observe the Bald Eagle Courtesy signs along the Canyon Trail. Essentially in the sensitive areas marked, the park is asking the following:

  • KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM

  • DO NOT LOITER & STAY ON TRAIL

  • TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS


GOLDEN EAGLE CLIMBING CLOSURE: 
FEB 8-AUG 1

Look for the posted climbing closure signs in the Monument Area. Climbing routes, cliffs and gullies within 1100 feet of the nest are closed.

Please refer to 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” Guide Book by Alan Watts. See pages 244-270. CLOSED routes are numbered 1-44, which includes:

  • Cajun Cliff

  • Victoria Tower

  • Little Three Fingered Jack

  • Puddy’s Tower,

  • The Monument

  • Anglin’s Buttress

  • French Tent Rock

Staender Ridge and Juniper Spire (The Product) remain OPEN at this time.

Golden Eagle nest at Smith Rock State Park

Golden Eagle nest at Smith Rock State Park

Drawings courtesy of Alan Watts. Click to enlarge.


PEREGRINE FALCON CLIMBING and HIGHLINE CLOSURE: 
FEB 15- JULY 15

peregrine falcon

Image courtesy of Alan Watts. Click to enlarge.


PRAIRIE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE: 
FEB 15- JULY 15

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  • First Kiss Area (north of Monkey Face)

  • Climbing routes and ground at the base of the nest area are closed

  • Hello Kitty Cliff remains open at this time

    Falcons will defend their nest aggressively. They can be a danger to climbers, and the other way around too.

Please refer to 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” Guide Book by Alan Watts.
See pages 206, 223-225. CLOSED routes are numbered 41-47 which includes:

  • First Kiss (#43)

Drawing courtesy of Alan Watts. Click to enlarge.

Drawing courtesy of Alan Watts. Click to enlarge.


For more information please contact the Park Staff directly at 541-548-7501.