JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Five Lane County campgrounds reopened Thursday, and at least one is already entirely booked for the holiday weekend.
According to a spokeswoman for the county, more than 500 reservations have been made since officials announced the campgrounds would reopen on a modified basis with safety precautions in place. The campgrounds reopening include Archie Knowles, Armitage, Baker Bay, Harbor Vista and Richardson Campground.
At Richardson Campground at the Fern Ridge Reservoir, more than 160 reservations have been made. Campground host Stan Beal said the A loop of campsites has reopened, and the B loop will open in the coming weeks. Beal said the campground is entirely booked for Friday, which begins the Memorial Day weekend.
“I think people have been cooped up in their homes long and they want to get out and get around and see what’s on the other side of the walls, and this is a great place to come," Beal said.
The five county campgrounds are reopening with precautions in place. At all five parks, showers will remain closed; group campsites will remain closed; common areas such as playgrounds, pavilions, group picnic areas, shelters and sports courts will remain closed.
At Armitage, the dog park will remain closed.
And at Baker Bay, the concessions stand will remain closed.
Certain campsites at Harbor Vista will be unavailable to ensure proper distance between campsites.
At Richardson, the day-use area and B Loop campsites, as well as a handful of other campsites, will remain closed to prevent overcrowding of the campground.
Reservations can be made online here.