COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

 

UPDATE:  5/16/2020

The BLM has announced the Lower Deschutes will re-open at least in some areas on 5/21/2020 

Social Distancing:  Please remember that social distancing guidelines set forth by Oregon Governor Kate Brown are still in effect and should be followed to the extent possible while recreating on our beautiful Deschutes River (in particular at boat ramps, day use areas and campgrounds) and while visiting the surrounding communities.

Please use this link for more specific information:   

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2342D.pdf

Cancellations:  If you or anyone in your party experiences symptoms related to COVID19 please stay home.  There will be no cancellation fee.  We appreciate and respect your willingness to err on the side of caution. 

Please use this link for information on symptoms and resources: 

https://www.safestrongoregon.org/gclid=Cj0KCQjwnv71BRCOARIsAIkxW9Ho1Y9A9NkvTOtwBNTUj9iRQgI7udF6GGWr6_La5qvDhwjAFlJUxMoaArNAEALw_wcB

 

For specific information or questions regarding the lower Deschutes River re-opening 

 

Please visit the BLM website here:  

https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions 

or contact:

Prineville District: 541-416-6700, BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov 

for the most up to date information.

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UPDATE:  4/30/2020

The BLM has extended the closure with regard to the

Lower Deschutes & Other Areas within the Prineville District through 5/20/2020

(this date may be extended).

Please visit the BLM website here:  

https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions 

or contact:

Prineville District: 541-416-6700, BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov 

for the most up to date information.

 

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effective 4/1/2020

Links & Information Related to Current Restrictions and Closures 

provided by the BLM

 

BLM (Lower Deschutes & Other Areas within the Prineville District)

 

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. Consistent with the closures already put forward by our partners, as well as with the guidance provided by the CDC and Governor Brown’s Stay at Home Executive Order No. 20-12, the Prineville District is temporarily closing access and use of many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

These closures include boating on the Lower Deschutes and John Day Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Given the Oregon State Marine Board has put in place temporary boating restrictions and a number of boat ramps are already closed by other agencies, local communities, and partners, the Prineville District is no longer selling new boater permits for the period from March 28th – April 30, 2020.  All existing reservations for April 1st- April 30th will been cancelled and refunds will be issued.  Overnight use at all campgrounds along these rivers will be closed beginning 12:01 AM on April 1, 2020. The river closures will also include bathrooms at developed recreation areas as well as boat launches.  Access to day-use sites, trails, and all roads remains open.

 

In addition, outside of the Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers, restroom facilities at all developed recreation sites will be closed, and all developed campgrounds will be temporarily closed to overnight camping as of 12:01 AM on April 1, 2020. Trash pickup and sanitation services on most of these recreation facilities will also be temporarily suspended. Access to day-use sites including trailheads is still available.  Sites remaining open for day-use (hiking, mountain biking, etc.) will be posted with measures for safe recreation. 

 

State & Local Information Provided by Managing Partners:

 

  • Oregon State Marine Board:  Please see attached information release regarding restrictions put into place yesterday for the Lower Deschutes.

 

 

 

  • Counties & Local Communities & Municipalities:  Wasco, Sherman, and Jefferson county websites continue to provide updated information regarding restrictions and closures.  Please go to their websites for more information.  Additionally, local community’s government and chamber websites continue to update regularly.  Please go to their websites for more information.

       WASCO COUNTY

       SHERMAN COUNTY

       JEFFERSON COUNTY

 Other Helpful Links:

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

KEYS:

WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FOLLOW REQUESTS REGARDING KEYS 

HOWEVER IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REPORT CHANGES REGARDING ORIGINAL CONFIRMED INSTRUCTIONS TO THE OFFICE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

TELEPHONE:  541-395-2488

EMAIL:  lindasrivershuttles@yahoo.com

TEXT:  503-803-9040

IN ADDITION YOU MUST RECEIVE CONFIRMATION THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED THE CHANGE.

CHANGES WRITTEN ON THE "AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM" MAY NOT BE SEEN AS THE PURPOSE OF THE FORM IS NOT FOR RESERVATIONS AND IT IS OFTEN LEFT IN THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE SHUTTLE IS COMPLETE IN THE EVENT THE DRIVER NEEDS PROOF THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE FOR WHATEVER REASON TO REPORT CHANGES AS DESCRIBED ABOVE THE BEST CHANCE THAT WE WILL SEE THE CHANGE AND FOLLOW IT IS IF YOU MAKE A BIG NOTE WITH "CHANGE" WRITTEN ON THE TOP AND LEAVE THAT NOTE EITHER ON THE DRIVER SEAT OR ON THE DASH IN FRONT OF THE GAUGES WHERE THE DRIVER WILL SEE IT.  

IF YOU FAIL TO NOTIFY THE OFFICE OF A CHANGE TO KEYS WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST ASSOCIATED IN A) REPLACING THE KEY OR B) GETTING INSIDE THE VEHICLE TO RETRIEVE A KEY LOCKED INSIDE.

WRONG/NO KEY LEFT AT LAUNCH:

On occasion when launching it is possible that you might forget to leave the key, put the key in the wrong location or even leave the wrong key.  In that event we will do everything possible to attempt to complete the shuttle.  Including attempt to contact you or your alternate number for instructions.  We never want to leave anyone stranded on the river. 


 

  

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