State Parks Day June 1 Means No Fees for Camping or Day Use at Smith Rock

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May 19, 2019

Free day? You heard that right, along with fresh fruits, cookies and lemonade at the Welcome Center between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM while supplies last.

And it's not just at Smith Rock State Park. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) wants people to stay and play for free all over Oregon to celebrate State Parks Day on Saturday, June 1.

A thank you for supporting your state park system, it’s always the first Saturday in June. The free State Parks Day was established by the Oregon State Legislature in 1997 to focus public attention on Oregon's state park system.

While the state parks probably don't need the focus these days due to an explosion of popularity in recent years, it's nice to get a free pass each year. Just be sure to get here early and snag a spot!