Day Use Fees FAQ
Day Use Fees $5.00 as of January 1st 2015
Since Oct. 1, 2005, Josephine County Parks has implemented a day use parking fee. Collection and enforcement began January 1, 2007. These fees are currently $5.00 per vehicle per day and are good for all of Josephine County Parks listed below:
Tom Pearce Park, Indian Mary, Almeda, Ennis Riffle, Wolf Creek, Whitehorse, Griffin, Schroeder, Fish Hatchery, Turtle Lane and Lake Selmac.
They are also good at the following locations and boat ramps: Chinook Park, Pierce Riffle Park, Lathrop, Galice, Robertson Bridge and Ferry Hole.
Fees are NOT enforced at the following parks: Hog Creek, Matson, Whitehorse Boat Ramp, and the Walker Road entrance to Cathedral Hills.
Parks would like visitors to know that they can purchase an annual parking pass for only $30 with the option to purchase additional passes for the same household at $25.00. This discount only applies if additional pass was purchased on the same visit.
For valid disabled parking permit holders, the annual parking pass is only $15.00 (50% off) Additional parking passes are not discounted. (Only 1 discount per person). Disabled Placard holders must come into the office to show proof.
To purchase an Annual Parking Pass, come to the Parks office at:
125 Ringuette St.
8am-12noon and 1pm-4:30pm
DIRECTIONS: Travel South on Redwood Hwy 199 Turn Right on Ringuette Street between the Dairy Queen and Chevron Station. Turn left into the first gated parking area. We are the yellow and blue striped building on the left hand side of the parking lot.
You may also Purchase Your Pass Online.
Please contact us if you are a service connected disabled veteran living in Josephine County for a free park pass.
If you walk in, ride your bicycle in, or ride your *horse into the park NO Day Use Fee will be required.
* Horses are only allowed at Lake Selmac and Fish Hatchery on designated trails only.
FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When did this fee get put into place and how long will it be assessed? The fees started October 1, 2005, based on the Board of County Commissioners decision to implement a day parking fee by Order 2005-288, for all County Parks. Resolution No. 2006-068 signed October 4, 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners authorizing collection and enforcement of Day Parking Fees beginning January 1, 2007.
I pay taxes, why am I being asked for this fee? A lot of citizens do not know this, but Josephine County Parks has not received any tax dollars or county funds for several years. All money collected goes to Parks operations and maintenance.
So if I pay this fee, will I see improvements in the parks? Yes! The fees collected so far this year are already making it possible to bring on extra help, to repair and clean park facilities, and will continue to be used in Parks only.
Do I have to pay at every park I visit in a single day? No; once the day parking fee is paid, you may use it on the same day it was purchased at ALL Josephine County Parks.
I have been using these parks for 20 years, what if I refuse to pay? If you do not wish to pay, there are other parks that do not have a fee: Whitehorse boat ramp, Hog Creek, Matson, and the Walker Road entry for Cathedral Hills.
What constitutes Day Parking? Day Parking is using any park property or facility for parking. This includes most boat ramps and parking lots.
What if I am a paid camper? Paid camp receipts are the same as day passes and are good in all parks but need to be displayed properly. Additional vehicles require an additional Day Use Fee.
How long and from what time period are annual passes good for? Annual passes are good from Jan 1st to Dec 31st each year. Any other questions not answered here can be answered by calling 541-474-5285.