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


Posted on December 11, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I read often of smash and grab theft occurring at trailheads. Is there any plan to address the increased crime that inevitably follows increased usage of the gorge by hikers?

    • Thanks for bringing this up. We have identified car clout as one of the highest priority safety issues in the Gorge and it is a major factor as we consider trailhead improvements across the Gorge. While we understand that it is not the only answer to the problem, refraining from leaving valuables in your vehicle when visiting any of our parks is highly recommended to reduce opportunities for theft.

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