By the Numbers

Oregon State Parks Facts and Figures

13 disc golf courses, nearly 3 million camper nights last year, 30 years of yurts, and the real reason behind the most visited state park

By Margaret Seiler March 9, 2023 Published in the March 2023 issue of Portland Monthly

Oregon is the ninth-largest US state by area and a middling 27th-largest by population. But when it comes for bang for the buck and variety of experiences at state parks, well, we're pretty sure the Beaver State is punching above its weight. Here's a look at the numbers, from coastal campgrounds to historic hotels to places to kill an afternoon playing disc golf.

113,000 Total acres in the 254 areas currently managed by Oregon State Parks

13 State park areas with disc golf courses, including 3 separate courses (3, 9, and 18 holes) at L. L. Stub Stewart

2 Historic hotels that are part of the state parks system: the Wolf Creek Inn (Clark Gable was a famous guest) and the Frenchglen Hotel

1993 Year the state places its first order with Pacific Yurts, for Cape Lookout, to see how the yurts stand up to the weather. Glamping would never be the same.

250 Height, in feet, of the plunge for the bungee jump from the bridge over the Crooked River Gorge at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

67% Share of Oregon voters who approved Measure 66 in 1988, dedicating a chunk of lottery proceeds to parks, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection

482 Number of sites at Fort Stevens campground, the largest in the state

100 Diameter, in feet, of the Pete French Round Barn, an 1880s structure in Harney County held up by juniper poles

Pete French Round Barn

1 Rank of Valley of the Rogue State Recreation Area among the most visited state parks, in large part due it doubling as a rest area just off Interstate 5

60% Share of total state park visits at coastal parks vs. ones in the rest of the state 

576 Circumference, in inches, of Oregon’s largest Sitka spruce, an 800-year-old resident of Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

75¢ Cost per car for a tent site at Honeyman State Park near Florence in 1953

$23 Cost per tent site in Honeyman State Park in 2023

June 3 Oregon State Parks Day for 2023: the first Saturday in June, when camping and parking fees are waived at most parks

1945 Year coastal parks reopened to visitors after being closed for national security and defense purposes through World War II

325,000-plus Number of LED lights in the annual holiday display at Shore Acres State Park near Coos Bay

2.97 Camper nights, in millions, at Oregon State Parks in 2022, the second-busiest year ever after a record-breaking 2021

1,583 Pages of public comments (many from angry but polite birders) submitted over two months in 2022 about proposed rules on drones in state parks