You probably know by now that Opal Creek lies in the path of totality for the August 21 eclipse. If you’re planning travel to the Opal Creek area, here’s everything you need to know:
Partial phase begins: 9:05 AM (do not view directly without eye protection!)
Totality begins: 10:17 AM
Duration of totality: 2 minutes
Our rental cabins are fully booked for eclipse weekend. There is no camping allowed on Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center property at any time, including for this event. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center property includes the meadow and Sacred Rock (Forest Service land begins at the tree line on Sacred Rock).
Dispersed camping is allowed in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area. Please note that campfires are not allowed within 200 feet of the road from the Three Pools junction to the Opal Creek trailhead, or within 200 feet of the Opal Creek and Kopetski trails as far as Cedar Flats (see the full special use regulations for the Opal Creek area here).
With 1 million people traveling in Oregon at the hottest time of year, remember these 7 steps to avoid starting a wildfire during the eclipse.
New parking restrictions took effect this year at the Opal Creek trailhead, Shady Cove campground, and Three Pools day use area. Parking is only allowed within 1/4 mile of the Opal Creek trailhead. Reserved parking spaces for Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center registered guests will be indicated with signage. Non-registered guests parking in Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center spaces will be ticketed by the Forest Service.
Marion County has implemented a $5 day-use parking fee along the North Fork Road. Public river access and public parking areas are designated with signage.
Gas and Auto Emergencies
Be prepared for long hours in traffic, wherever you are headed! Gas and service stations nearest to Opal Creek are:
To the west:
- Santiam Quick Mart/Mobil, Mill City
- Stayton (multiple gas stations)
- Les Schwab, Sublimity
To the east:
- Rivers Run, Detroit
- Pacific Pride, Idanha
- Santiam Towing & Recovery, Detroit