People looking for a campsite that’s near the path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will have more options next week.
But they’ll need to act quickly.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will offer reservations, online or by phone, on Wednesday, April 19, for about 1,000 campsites at several parks, including four in or near Baker County.
Those sites aren’t likely to last long.
When the Parks Department made 1,200 campsites available in November, people claimed all of them within an hour.
Among the parks with sites available are Farewell Bend and Unity Lake, both in Baker County, and Clyde Holliday and Bates, both in Grant County.
All four of those parks are within the path of totality for the eclipse, which will start at about 10:20 a.m. and last for about two minutes.
Timothy Bishop, Baker County’s tourism promoter, said 50,000 people or more could congregate in Baker County during the eclipse.
In addition to those four parks, the state will take reservations for several other parks that are near, but outside, the path of totality. Those include: Cottonwood Canyon, Catherine Creek, Ukiah-Dale, Minam, Red Bridge, Hilgard Junction, Lake Owyhee and Jasper Point.
All sites will have a three-night minimum, with check-in on Friday, Aug. 18, and check-out Monday, Aug. 21. Customers can make reservations beginning at 8 a.m. April 19 at oregonstateparks.org or reserveamerica.com or by calling the reservation line at 800-452-5687.
About two-thirds of the campsites opening for reservations on April 19 are inside the path of totality. Most of the others are within 30 miles of totality, in view of a partial eclipse. Prices range from $10 a night for a basic spot in a field or parking lot to $31 a night for an RV site with full hookups. All sites include an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee.
The Parks Department is making available two types of sites: traditional campsites and temporary eclipse camping spots. Traditional campsites, representing about a third of the total sites available, are at parks that normally offer non-reservable, “first-come, first-served” camping. These have picnic tables and fire rings, but some do not have showers.
“We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate,” Parks Department spokesman Chris Havel said.