PORTLAND, Ore. – An online auction to stay at 30 campsites in Central Oregon during this summer’s total solar eclipse raised $60,000 for Oregon’s state parks.
The sites at Crooked River Campground in Cove Palisades State Park will be within the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse.
Winning bidders will spend four nights at their respective campsite, from Friday, Aug. 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 22. On average, bidders spent about $500 a night. That compares to some hotels in the line with the eclipse’s totality who are charging $1,000 per night.
The auction was a big boost for Oregon State Parks Foundation, which does not receive funding from state taxes.
“Instead, visitor fees are the primary source of income, and a fixed portion of the Oregon Lottery revenues covers about 40 percent of the cost of operating the parks," said executive director Seth Miller. "Unfortunately, these sources of funds are not keeping up with the growing costs, so the Foundation was formed to help enhance the experience of using the parks."
You can become a member of the Oregon State Parks Foundation for $45 a year.