Over 100 people showed up to participate in our annual Independence Day Parade in the Silver Falls Campground! Spirits were high and decorations abounded as we snaked our way through the campground, joined by many of our community partners – staff from the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center, the YMCA Camp Silver Creek, and the Drakes Crossing Volunteer Fire Department, and a special appearance by our Junior Ranger mascot, JR Beaver. Thanks to all who joined us – we hope to see you all again next year!
Owling season is upon us! Join park rangers for one in a series of owl prowls at the park this winter and spring. These evening events will include an indoor presentation about owls, a chance to dissect an owl pellet, and a guided nighttime walk to call for owls. Space is limited and preregistration for these events is required. Registration opens January 7, 2019 at the Oregon State Parks online store here.
The events are free – all that is required is a $5 daily parking permit – or you can buy an annual parking permit for just $30, also available for sale in the online Park Store!
For more information, email interpretive ranger Matt Palmquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 874-0201.
We recently hosted our first Owl Prowl for the season at the Old Ranch. We had a very enthusiastic group of 27 (mostly first time) owlers. We had perfect weather and were rewarded by hearing a pair of Barred Owls who responded when we called them. They were very vocal – and barred owls have a very unique call! Click here to hear the sound of a pair of barred owls “caterwauling” – one of the calls they make when communicating with each other.
We are hosting a second owl prowl on Saturday, March 25th. As March 2, all spots have been filled, but we can add you to the waiting list in case somebody cancels.
Winter has officially arrived at here at Silver Falls with a 2″ blanket of snow and subfreezing temperatures. The waterfalls and South Falls Historic District look especially enchanting in the snow.
The fresh snow also presents a wonderful opportunity to observe wildlife tracks. Many tracks can be found throughout the park, but here are some highlights. Can you guess what they are? Click the link below each track to find out who left it!
We welcome all visitors to enjoy the park in winter, but remember to be prepared for cold and icy conditions!