Free camping offered at 20 state parks

    Campers renting sites for two straight nights can get one free at 20 selected state parks.

    The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free camping night as part of a summertime promotion at 20 state parks.

    The department introduced a coupon Wednesday that entitles customers who rent campsites for two consecutive nights to another night's stay for free, Sunday through Thursday.

    The coupons, which are good through Sept. 30, must be printed off the department's Web site,

    The "buy two, get one free" offer is limited to one per customer per stay, and excludes yurts and cabins. The parks honoring the coupons rent sites exclusively on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The parks offering a night of free camping include Collier Memorial State Park, home of a renowned outdoor logging museum 30 miles north of Klamath Falls, and Cape Blanco State Park, next to Oregon's oldest lighthouse, nine miles north of Port Orford. Humbug Mountain State Park, six miles south of Port Orford, has the state's largest number of non-reservable campsites (94), and the distinction of being the first state park campground built on the Oregon Coast.

    Other parks include Carl Washburne, 14 miles north of Florence, and Alfred A. Loeb, 10 miles northeast of Brookings, on the coast; Goose Lake, 14 miles south of Lakeview; Jackson Kimball, 10 miles southeast of Crater Lake National Park; and the Jasper Point campground in Prineville Reservoir State Park, 16 miles southeast of Prineville in Central Oregon; Catherine Creek, eight miles southeast of Union; Clyde Holliday, six miles west of John Day; Hilgard Junction, eight miles west of La Grande; Lake Owyhee, 33 miles southwest of Nyssa; Minam, 15 miles northeast of Elgin; Red Bridge, 16 miles southwest of La Grande; Ukiah-Dale Forest, three miles southwest of Ukiah, and Unity Lake, 50 miles east of John Day, in Eastern Oregon.

    More information is available by calling 1-800-551-6949.

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