Marion County Parks
Check out what's happening at Parkdale on our Project Page.
Canyon Comeback Volunteer Series (and free tree giveaway!)
On labor day weekend 2020, the Beachie Creek Fire swept through the Santiam Canyon leaving behind a devastated community, decimated habitat for fish and wildlife, and altered the landscape for years to come.
Marion County has been hard at work helping our community rebuild and looking for hope in tragedy. Marion County Environmental Services is working tirelessly on planning for a better future, learning about post-fire recovery, and restoring the natural environment.
As a part of this effort, we want to invite you to learn with us and be a part of the future of our parks. We have scheduled three volunteer days throughout spring and summer 2023 that will give you the opportunity to learn about restoration, plants, and habitat as well as leave your mark in Marion County parks. Explore the pages below for more information on each event:
- April 1st: Free tree give away, in partnership with the North Santiam Watershed Council and the Santiam Long-Term Recovery Group
- April 2nd: Plant trees with us in Packsaddle Park
- Coming in May: Weed Wrangle and native plant identification
- Coming in July: Bat Box Day of Fun! Build bat boxes and bird nest platforms for our parks!
Due to wildfires, the following parks are closed:
- Salmon Falls
- Bear Creek
- North Fork
The long-term goal for Marion County Parks is to redevelop in a way that anticipates how the public will recreate in the future, while also building climate and environmentally resilient parks that future generations can enjoy.
Parks has been presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to start fresh and forge a new vision for recreation in the Santiam Canyon. This vision will provide diverse recreational opportunities and create a sustainable parks program that benefits the region and visitors.
You can explore the current recovery plan now. Santiam Canyon Parks Recovery Plan
North Fork Area Public Access Closures
Only Authorized Vehicles and Pedestrians may use N Fork Rd SE, Gates Hill Rd SE, Pioneer Rd SE.
No access to Little North Fork or Santiam River allowed from N Fork Rd SE, Gates Hill Rd SE, Pioneer Rd SE.
No parking within right of way on N Fork Rd SE, Gates Hill Rd SE, Pioneer Rd SE.
No bicyclists allowed to use right of way on N Fork Rd SE, Gates Hill Rd SE, Pioneer Rd SE.
Continued Park Closures are to allow for the reconstruction of needed infrastructure within North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, and Bear Creek Park/Campground, and to reduce congestion on N Fork Rd and Gates Hill Rd.
County Park News
Parks Use and Rules
Emergency Phones on North Fork Road Corridor
There are now emergency phones located on North Fork Road at Elkhorn Fire Department, 32788 N. Fork Road SE, Lyons, OR.
Marion County Parks Need Your Help!
We need volunteers and that means people who want to serve on the Marion County Parks Commission and those who want to work on projects in the parks. Can you help? Check out our
volunteer page for more information.