SALEM, OR -- Additional temporary State Park campsites for this summer's total solar eclipse are all taken. Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel says the spaces at 16 parks inside the path of totality, including Lake Billy Chinook and Smith Rock, and 13 more in the partial path went online for reservations Wednesday at 8 a.m. By 9:30, they were gone, "We kind of expected that they were going to go fast."
More than a thousand spaces - 1,018, to be exact - were opened up by converting "first come, first serve" campsites, parking areas and other open spaces into reservable individual campsites just for August 18-20. The eclipse is Monday, August 21.
The demand isn't surprising, since the first batch of State Parks campsites went just as fast. Havel says, "Those went in about the same amount of time; it took about an hour. And that was at midnight, when we opened up those other ones back in November." And, he says there's no waiting list for cancllations. "What you can do through the reservation system is sign up to receive a notification if there is a cancellation." That will give campers a chance to call or go online to tray and snag a site.