Kayaking Siltcoos River
Dunes City, Oregon Coast
Heading out on an adventure in the wild? The Oregon outdoors is a big, beautiful place with a seemingly unending number of places to explore. If you're new to outdoor adventures, new to Oregon or just dusting off your hiking boots for the first time in a while – here's how to explore the outdoors safely while making the most of the rich rewards that await you on your travels.
Research and plan your route. Map your route and check for updates and alerts about trail conditions and campgrounds. Check for up-to-date information and tips on which trails will best match the needs of your group by calling the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center.
Purchase any needed permits. You will need permits for county, state and federal parks, and for specific activities like boating, fishing, hunting, foraging, collecting or accessing some protected or managed areas. Most permits may be printed from your computer, some may be mailed to you, and some may be purchased at the destination — but don't count on that! Research what you will need before departing.
Expect the unexpected. You may encounter recreation areas without restrooms or water stations, or unexpected road delays. Pack extra food and water for delays, detours and emergencies.
Be prepared for limited cell phone service. Cell service may not be available in rural areas – in fact, you should expect spotty service once you travel outside the Eugene - Springfield metro area. Download any apps or maps you plan on using prior to heading off on your adventure. Tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be gone before you go.
Check road conditions and weather. Check TripCheck for road closures and weather warnings before you leave. For winter weather travel tips and advisories, check out ODOT’s Winter Travel Tips.
Take Care Out There. Be considerate and help us keep this special place beautiful for generations to come. Walk on designated trails and camp on durable surfaces. Pack-in, pack-out for you and your furry friends. Leave what you find, take only pictures. Show you care!
Prevent wildfires. Use designated campfire rings and research fire restrictions and campfire bans. Keep fires small and put out campfires completely. Be vigilant about extinguishing and disposing of cigarettes.
You're in a special place – unplug and enjoy connecting with the great Oregon outdoors. Breathe in the rich earth beneath your feet or salty mist in the air; listen to the roaring rivers, crashing waves and critters around you.
The outdoors are for everyone. Share the path and say hello to adventurers you meet on the trail. Bring a friend to share the experience with.
Engage in the local community. Have a post-hike beer or shop for a souvenir and help support local businesses.
Here's a handy checklist of things to consider bringing with you as you venture outdoors. Use your discretion as some of these may not apply to your adventure (snow chains likely won't be necessary for a summer hike on the coast). Packing your day pack with this list nearby will help ensure you have the best adventure possible! For a quick list of the ten essentials to bring on any day hike, watch the video below from our friends at Travel Oregon.
Playing in the water can be the best part of summer — and Oregon's got plenty of the wet stuff!