'National Get Outdoors Day' means some day-use fees waived on Saturday

Umpqua National Forest, Roseburg Field Office (SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The US Forest Service is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington this Saturday, June 10, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

Within the Umpqua National Forest, day-use fees will be waived at eight locations:

--Trailheads for Umpqua Hot Springs, Howlock Mountain, and Mt. Thielsen

--Boat ramps at Diamond Lake's Thielsen View, South Shore and North End, and Lemolo Lake’s Poole Creek

--Day-use area at South Umpqua Falls

As a reminder, fees are not waived at campgrounds or for cabin rentals, officials said.

National Get Outdoors Day encourages Americans, particularly youth, to seek healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

“The Pacific Northwest is blessed with incredible natural beauty and world-class recreation opportunities,” said Regional Forester Jim Peña. “Whatever your interest or skill level, there’s something for everyone, so get outdoors and enjoy your public lands!”

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. To find a hiking trail near you, visit the forest service's interactive recreation map.

For more information on specific fee sites on the Umpqua National Forest, visit their website.

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