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The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) exists to protect and provide outstanding natural, scenic, recreational, cultural and historic places for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. The state park tradition in Oregon began in 1922 with the first state park: a land donation on the Luckiamute River in the Willamette Valley became what is now Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site.


Originally a division of the Highway Commission and later, its successor the Oregon Department of Transportation, the State Parks and Recreation Department was created as an independent agency in 1989. Today, OPRD focuses on protecting Oregon’s special outdoor and historic places, providing opportunities for great experiences and sustaining Oregon’s quality outdoor recreation and heritage resources for the future. To accomplish this, OPRD provides one of the most popular state park systems in the nation—more than 250 properties serving over 45 million visitors a year—and manages other key recreation and heritage programs: Oregon’s stunning public ocean shore, scenic waterways and first-of-their-kind scenic bikeways, the State Historic Preservation Office, archaeology services, historic cemeteries and all-terrain vehicle safety certifications. OPRD programs serve Oregon communities directly with grants and advice related to outdoor recreation, museums and historic “Main Street” revitalization.

OPRD has about 840 positions totaling about 575 full-time equivalent employees, with a large number of employees being seasonal. The governor-appointed State Parks and Recreation Commission sets OPRD’s policy direction. The department is funded by state park visitor fees, a share of state recreational vehicle license revenues, some federal funds and a share of Oregon Lottery profits constitutionally dedicated to parks by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-986-0707; Campground Reservations: 1-800-452-5687; Parks Information: 1-800-551-6949
Fax: 503-986-0794

Contact: Lisa Sumption, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Claudia Ciobanu
Records Officer Email: Holly Morgan
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 97, 358, 390
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog