GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- If you don t have a camping spot reserved for Memorial Day Weekend, don t panic just yet.
U.S Forest Service officials said most of the roughly 85 campgrounds in the Mt. Hood National Forest will be open for the holiday weekend, thanks to early snow melt.
So, most everything is open, said Kathleen Walker, who works at the Zig Zag Ranger Station off of U.S. Highway 26. Whereas in the last three to four years, you know, the Trillium Lakes, the Frog Lakes, those higher elevation campgrounds were basically still snowed in on Memorial Day weekend.
On Thursday, campers like Rafael Martinez were eager to head to the high country.
He and his family drove up from Portland with hopes of snagging a spot at the Trillium Lake Campground. When they realized the campground wasn't going to open until Friday, they improvised and set up camp off the road.
We went up to a Trillium camp site and they were closed down so we kind of set up shop right off the side right here, he said.
While reservations have been going quickly, especially for the more popular campgrounds , Walker said spots will still be available at the last minute.
She also said many of the campgrounds keep 20 percent of the camp sites open for people who arrive on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Walker also urged people to call the Zig Zag Ranger Station for information on camp sites at 503-622-3191.