CORONAVIRUS, Oregon, Recreation

New Year’s ‘first day’ hikes, whale watching at state parks altered due to COVID-19

The entrance to Stub Stewart State Park. Photo: Chas Hundley

Two Oregon New Year’s Day traditions are being altered this year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The annual First Day Hikes event, started by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) in 2012, will take place without the guided assistance of park rangers and volunteers in light of the danger of spreading COVID-19. 

Winter whale watching also will continue but without volunteers stationed at whale-watching sites, parks and recreation officials say.

“Oregonians love these traditions, but with the pandemic continuing to affect our communities we encourage everyone to visit the whale watching sites and hike or explore . . .

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