Oregon campsites for eclipse booked in record time

People planning ahead for 2017 eclipse

It didn't take long for campsites with the best views of next summer's solar eclipse to get snapped up.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opened a special period for reserving campsites within the “path of totality” — sites with a full view of the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon — at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

In less than an hour, every campsite, yurt and cabin was reserved, according to OPRD's Twitter feed.

However, there are some campsites just outside the “path of totality” that remain open for reservation, the state agency said in a news release.

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To make a reservation, visitors can go to oregonstateparks.org, navigate to a park, and click the "Reserve Online" button. Parks just outside the path of totality (http://bit.ly/OregonStateParkEclipseMap) will experience a partial eclipse.

The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017, OPRD said. The 60-mile wide path of totality — when the moon completely blocks the sun — will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through Oregon, including across Salem, across the Cascades and into Central Oregon.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, reservable sites in the zone of a partial eclipse are available at these parks:

COAST

Nehalem Bay State Park, Tillamook County

Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook County

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Lane County

PORTLAND/GORGE

L.L. Stub Stewart Memorial State Park, Washington County

Deschutes River State Recreation Area, Sherman County

Memaloose State Park, Wasco County

Viento State Park, Hood River County

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON

Lake Owyhee State Park, Malheur County

Wallowa Lake State Park, Wallowa County


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