Rise and shine, campers, it's about to get a little easier to secure your favorite spot to pitch a tent.
Today, Oregon State Parks and Recreation announced that, starting Jan. 14, it will begin accepting new reservations from one day to six months in advance. That's a significant extension from the current 30-day-out limit, but not quite as far out as the pre-pandemic nine-month booking window.
Reservations are scheduled to become available at 6 am daily.
Oregon's network of state parks and campgrounds suffered a huge financial blow in spring when they were shut down to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While many recreation areas began to reemerge from lockdown in May, reservations were limited to two weeks in advance and same-day arrivals for camping were prohibited along the coast. Still, some parks remained completely off-limits to the public for the duration of 2020.
Oregon Parks and Rec says more changes to the booking window are possible as the year goes on.