General Camping Rules in Oregon Hot
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This is a list of common campground rules in Oregon. If you do not find your answer here, post in our forums and we'll see if we can find an answer for you.

Camping Seasons
On this site, we have listed the "open" seasons for all of the campgrounds. Keep in mind that these dates fluctuate from year to year depending on several factors including weather conditions, ability to prepare the campground for the season, host availability, etc. It should also be noted that for Forest Service and BLM campgrounds, the season dates only refer to the period of time that the campground will be serviced (i.e. toilet cleaning, trash dumping, drinking water, etc.). During the off season, you may camp at most locations for free, however, we recommend checking with the nearest ranger station to make sure. Keep in mind that most closed campgrounds will be locked. You will need to locate parking that does not block the gate, hike your gear in, and pack your trash out.

State campgrounds refer to their off season as "Discovery Season", and you may camp at a discounted rate.

Rules for county and private sites will vary. Most RV sites stay open year round.

Length of Stay:
  • Forest Service - In Forest Service campgrounds, you may only camp for 14 consecutive days out of every 30. However, some sites are managed under special permit issued by the Forest Service to private companies called concessionaires. Concessionaires may offer extended stays for camping.
  • Bureau of Land Management - Whether in a developed campground or at a dispersed site, you may usually camp in an area for up to 14 days before having to move at least 25 miles from your original spot. You may not return to that area for 28 consecutive days.
  • Oregon State Parks: You can stay 14 consecutive nights in a regular campsite, yurt or cabin in a single campground, and may return after spending at least three nights out of the park. The maximum time allowed within any campground is 14 nights within any 17-night period. The maximum stay for hiker/biker sites is 3 consecutive days in a 7 day period, per campground.
  • Counties - Counties can set their own rules, so you should check with them for more information.
  • Private properties - Privately own properties can also set their own rules. Typically, RV parks will let you stay indefinitely. Many of them have permanent residents.
Be aware that some recreation areas require permits to visit. They may be self-issuing on the honor system, but make sure you get one and avoid being fined.

Miscellaneous Rules:
  • Firewood - Most campgrounds do not want you to bring your own wood, which can be difficult. Popular campgrounds have been picked clean of usable firewood by the time high season comes around, and IF the campground sells firewood, it is usually expensive. Regardless, it is recommended that you get your firewood from within 10 miles or less of the campground. It is our understanding that this is more of a guideline than a rule, however, it is absolutely illegal to bring firewood from outside of the state.
  • Fires - If available, you are required to use the fire ring for fires, and must make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Fires may be restricted at times of high fire danger.
  • Pets - On federal and state property, pets are required to be leashed.
  • Guns - It is LEGAL to discharge firearms including handguns, rifles, and shotguns on public lands in Oregon and Washington as long as you are outside of designated developed sites and areas that have been closed to shooting due to proximity to residential areas. Consult with the governing authority where you want to shoot to determine which areas are closed. It is illegal to shoot across a road, trail or body of water. It is generally illegal to shoot at anything other that paper targets, or targets that are commercially manufactured specifically for target shooting, and you must pack out all debris.
  • Noise - Quiet hours are generally between 10pm to 6/7am. The level of noise you can generate during these hours depends largely on how far your nearest neighbors are to you. Use common sense and make sure you aren't disturbing others.
Please keep in mind that these are general rules, and there are exceptions and variations depending on the location.

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