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Oregon is reopening: Tips for recreating responsibly

May 15, 2020

As Oregonians we’re anxious to get back outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  As more and more outdoor recreation areas begin to reopen, here are some tips for helping keep you, and others, safe while you recreate.

Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching remain safe recreation opportunities if you follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Check for access before you go. Even if fishing is open, the boat ramp or park where you want to go might be closed. ODFW doesn’t control access to land or facilities it doesn’t manage. So before your leave home, check with the land manager or facility owner where you want to go about what’s open.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Not just to avoid infecting others, but to take better care of yourself and speed your recovery.
  • Stick close to home. Don’t travel far to hunt or fish. Many places may still be closed to overnight camping/lodging.
  • Be prepared. Restrooms and other facilities may remain closed. Bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, food, etc. Buy your license online before you go.
  • Avoid crowds. Have a Plan B in mind so you can go someplace else if your destination looks crowded.
  • Respect closures. While several parks and other public lands are starting to reopen, camping and trial heads in many areas remain closed.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep six feet between you and anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household, including while on a boat or at a fish cleaning station.
  • Wash your hands often. Keep up on personal hygiene and bring your own water, soap, and hand sanitizer with you.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves, masks and used toilet paper.


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