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Frequently Asked Questions!
What activities require an Activity Permit?
Clackamas County Parks utilizes a permit system for items not generally allowed in day use areas of the parks. To enjoy activities such as amplified sound systems, air bouncers, and caterers, a written approval by the Parks Manager is required. To have your request considered, please follow these steps.
At least 3 weeks before your event, contact the Parks Administration Office to request a permit. The Office will begin the permit process and get manager’s approval for the permit(s) requested. The fee is $20 for each requested item. A copy of your approved permit will be emailed to you.
If you are procuring your activity through a third party vendor, such as renting equipment or hiring a caterer, insurance and an indemnification letter are required.
A certificate of liability insurance from your insurance provider naming Clackamas County as additionally insured. The minimum amount must be $1,000,000 per single occurrence, and $2,000,000 annual aggregate covering the date of the reservation(s).
A signed indemnification letter (provided by Clackamas County Parks) holding Clackamas County harmless from all claims and actions as specified.
Alcohol and Glass Beverage Containers: If you, or your group, wish to serve alcohol and/or use glass beverage containers in your reserved picnic area, there is no “paper permit” involved. Simply let us know if you plan on having these items and we will note your account. The area must pass a ranger’s inspection (clean, no-damage or broken glass) for the security deposit to be returned to you. No notification needed for reserved campsites. No alcohol allowed in unreserved or general day use areas.
Annual Passes come in 2 varieties: one for Vehicles and one for Vehicles towing watercraft registered with the Oregon State Marine Baord.
Annual Passes can be purchased online. Click on the Parking Passes tab above, in the gray band, and follow the instructions. This will notify staff in the Admin office and they will mail a pass to you.
Passes are available year round at the Parks Administrative Office in Oregon City (150 Beavercreek Rd, 4th floor). You can visit in person, or call and order a pass over the phone and it will be mailed to you.
Passes are also available during the summer months in our 4 larger parks: Barton, Eagle Fern, Feyrer and Metzler Parks.
The Disabled Veteran discount applies to a Service Connected Disabled Veterans. We highly encourage you to get a Disabled Veteran Special Access Pass issued by the Oregon State Parks. Clackamas County Parks will honor the Oregon State Park Pass; we do not have a pass of our own. For more information and an application: https://oregonstateparks.org/?do=v.page&id=19
Once you recieve your pass, contact the Parks Admin Office and we will update your account. Future camping reservations will reflect the discount, whether it's with parks staff or online.
You will receive up to 10 free nights of camping per month in Barton, Feyrer or Metzler Parks. There is a maximum stay of 28 nights in the camping season.
With the Oregon State Parks Pass, you can receive free daily parking in Clackamas County Parks all year.
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You can go back to your shopping cart and try your payment again. Sites in your shopping cart are held for 10 minutes, after which the site is dropped and will have to be reserved again.
Three parks with campgrounds, Barton, Feyrer and Metzler Parks, have dump stations. They are available to the public during our camping season, May 1 through September 30. There is a $15 dump fee if you are not camping at the park. The campgrounds and dumpstations are closed October 1 through April 30.
Once a parking citation is issued in a county park, it is handed over to the Sheriff Department. Follow the instructions on the back of the citation. You can accept the citation and pay the fee. If you want to dispute the citation, you will have to pay the fee and request a hearing. If the hearing is decided in your favor, your fee will be refunded. For more information, call the Sheriff Records Office at 503-785-5200.