Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why are we updating the 1994 plan?


Shortly after the 1992 Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Management Plan was implemented OPRD’s 1994 Master Plan for the Columbia River Gorge Management Unit was adopted by the State Parks Recreation Commission. In the nearly 20 years since these plans were created recreation use in the Columbia Gorge has soared, recreation activities have evolved, parking needs have increased, and natural resources are more impacted.

OPRD is compelled by statute to plan for the management of natural resources and recreation activities on all state park lands. This current planning effort is driven by a 12 year cycle rotating around the state’s park management units with the Columbia Gorge identified as a high priority need by park staff.

To plan for these parks OPRD is taking a comprehensive look at natural, scenic area and cultural resource conditions as well as the management needs, outdoor recreation trends in the region, community partnerships, along with related ideas and concerns identified through public input.

Our intent is to update the 1994 Master plan to address current trends of visitation, recreation activities and natural resource health. The updated plan will emphasize management strategies for the parks facilities, natural, cultural, and scenic resources and the overall quality of visitor experience within Oregon State Parks. This comprehensive plan will aid OPRD in its mission to protect Oregon’s special places now and into the future.

1994 Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan:

1994 Plan- Chapters 1-4

1994 Plan – Chapter 5a

1994 Plan – Chapter 5b

1994 Plan – Chapter 6-9


Blue Mountain Management Unit Plan

Planning for State Parks in Umatilla and Union Counties

Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

Developing the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan and completing the Oregon Coast Trail


Join Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in Master Planning for Pilot Butte Scenic Viewpoint.

Smith Rock State Park Master Plan

Join Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in Master Planning for Smith Rock State Park.

Tryon Naturalist Notes

Tryon Creek Management Unit

The Cove Rattler


Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Offical Blog of Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Celebrate the Shore

2013 marks 100 years of Oregon's public shore.

Columbia River GORGEOUS

Ranger's blog for state parks in the Columbia River Gorge

Gorge Parks Plan

Comprehensive Planning for Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge