PGE shares tips for visiting its parks this holiday weekend

Here’s how to beat the crowds and celebrate the Fourth of July safely

July 01, 2021

Portland, Ore. – After this week’s record-breaking heat, Portland General Electric expects a busy Fourth of July weekend at its 14 parks and recreation sites. PGE Parks offer something for everyone, from scenic views to accessible campsites, boat rentals to kid-friendly education programs. Whether visitors are planning to celebrate the holiday with a family picnic near Estacada or a long weekend under the stars in Central Oregon, PGE encourages parkgoers to do their research and make a plan for the best possible experience.

“We’re doing our part to keep parks safe, clean and sustainable this season, and we need visitors to partner with us” said Tony Dentel, PGE Parks & Recreation manager.

Last summer, many Oregon recreation sites, including PGE Parks, experienced an influx of visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gathering. This led to full parking lots, crowded trails and overflowing trash cans.

“We know Oregonians are eager to spend time at their favorite outdoor spots” said Dentel. “We need visitors’ help maintaining the natural beauty of these sites for others, for nearby fish and wildlife and for future generations.”

Tips for the best Fourth of July PGE Parks experience

Before leaving home:

  • Pick your park: Ready to break out that paddleboard? Looking for barrier-free trails? Want to know which parks are best for birdwatching? Find your park by activity at Find more information and make reservations at

  • Make a plan: Check for road closures along your route – Highway 224 from Estacada remains closed, and PGE parks in the Mt. Hood National Forest are only accessible from Hwy 26 outside of Government Camp. Fire restrictions are in place in some areas, so be sure to research your destination before picking up the s’mores supplies.

  • …and a plan B: Make a backup plan in case of crowds. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, consider returning another day.

  • Beat the crowds: When visiting a day-use area, arrive early! These sites are experiencing record-high visitation.

  • Adventure further afield: Check out some of PGE’s hidden gems, like peaceful Trojan Park and rugged Perry South campground, for a change of pace. Campsites at PGE’s most popular parks, including Timothy Lake, Lake Harriet, Promontory and Pelton Park, are already completely booked for the weekend.

During your visit…

  • Keep it clear: Park only in designated areas. Do not double-park or block entrances.

  • Swap out the fireworks: Fireworks are especially risky in these hot, dry conditions and are prohibited at all PGE parks and recreation sites. Consider celebrating with fun alternatives, like patriotic ribbon wands, pinwheels, bubbles, small flags, or red, white and blue glow sticks.

  • Leave no trace: Help us protect these natural areas by staying on-trail, packing out your trash and admiring wildlife from a distance.

  • Share your experience: Tag @portlandgeneral in your photos for a chance to be featured on PGE’s social media channels.

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Timber Park shelter

Balancing Rocks - Hoodoos

Perry South boat docks and ramp

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2020, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $5.6 million and volunteered 18,200 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit

For more information contact:

Allison Dobscha, PGE