Links & Information Related to Current Restrictions and Closures
provided by the BLM effective 4/1/20
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.
State of Oregon: Please see this website for current stay at home orders and information:
Other Helpful Links:
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:
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.