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Join the Wolf Creek community Easter Parade festivities April 15 with a free tour of the newly re-opened Wolf Creek Inn. Built in 1883, the inn was a stop for 19th-century travelers of the old California-Oregon Stage Road. Today, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See the rooms where Jack London stayed while he wrote a book and where Hollywood actors spent their honeymoon. Four tours of about 45 minutes each are scheduled for the day.

Tour length: appx. 2 hours; up to 3 hours. The hours listed include check-in, instruction, and check out.

Minimum age:  Children 6-11 may ride with an adult in a tandem kayak, 12- 17 may ride in a single/all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Description: The 800-foot basalt cliffs rimming the Deschutes River arm of Lake Billy Chinook create a stunning backdrop for our guided kayak tour. Paddle with our interpretive staff and learn about local geology, area history and the plants and animals of the High Desert. Allow up to 3  hours for the tour, including pre-launch gear setup and post-launch check in.  Bring your own snacks, drinking water, hat, footwear that can get wet, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs provided. You may use your own personal flotation device if you prefer, as long as it’s a Coast Guard approved type 3 or type 2 personal flotation device.

This park requires a day-use parking permit, which may be purchased at the park for $5. You also may purchase a 12-month or 24-month parking permit from the online Park Store.

Need to cancel?: You may cancel your event registration online BEFORE 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and be issued a full refund. No refunds are issued for registrations canceled AFTER 12 p.m. the day before the event and for no-shows. If the park cancels an event, we will send you an email and issue a full refund.

Fort Rock Cave Tour

Tour length:  Approx. 2 hours.

Minimum age:  Tour is not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Description:  The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 11,000-year-old sagebrush bark sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped so much of Oregon's history. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour.

Tour Info:  Tours are $8.00 per person.  Tours begin at the parking lot at Fort Rock State Natural Area. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to tour start time.  All tour participants are transported in a van to an area near the cave, then hike about 1/3 mile each way on a dirt road to and from the cave site.     

Be Prepared:  The terrain is sandy soil and rocks--sandals and open toed shoes are not recommended.  Pets are not permitted on tours and it is not recommended they be left in vehicles--please do not bring pets.  There are no facilities or water available after the van departs the parking lot, so bring plenty of water.  Be prepared for any weather as conditions can change quickly.  The temperature in the cave is typically 10-15 degrees lower than the outside temperature.

Directions:  Fort Rock State Natural Area is approximately 30 miles SE of LaPine, OR.  From HWY 97, turn east onto HWY 31 about 2 miles south of LaPine, OR.  Drive 29 miles east on HWY 31 and turn left onto Fort Rock Road.  Drive about 6.3 miles and turn left onto Cabin Lake Road.  Drive 1 mile and turn left on Cow Cave Lane (Co. Rd 5-11). Go another half mile to Fort Rock State Natural Area.  GPS coordinates:  43 22' 22.0" N, 121 03' 58.0" W.

Notes: Tours may be canceled during extreme fire danger in the area. Tours have a two sign-up minimum.  One person may book a tour at any time, however, tours will be canceled a day or two before the event if two or more people haven't registered by that time.  Customers will be notified in the event of tour cancelation.

Cancelations: You may cancel your event registration online BEFORE 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and be issued a full refund. No refunds are issued for registrations canceled AFTER 12 p.m. the day before the event and for no-shows. If the park cancels an event, you will receive an email and a full refund.

Contact:  If you have questions or need more information, call LaPine State Park at 541-536-2428.  

 

April 26, 6:30-9:00

Join us in celebrating outstanding examples of Heritage work in the state. The banquet will include a short reception time, tasty meal, and inspiring presentation with guest speaker and awards. 

Pricing:

  • Through April 7- $40
  • April 8 through 21- $55
  • April 22 through April 26- $80

April 26 & 27

Join us to explore funding for heritage efforts statewide. We will look for broad solutions, develop next steps, and build our network of people who care about discovering, preserving, and sharing Oregon’s history. Day two workshops will get down to the nuts and bolts of fundraising. Hear from students researching Oregon history, celebrate the outstanding work of your colleagues at the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet and explore downtown Newberg in the heart of wine country.

Pricing:

  • Through April 7- $45
  • April 8 through 21- $50
  • April 22 through April 26- $80

April 26 & 27

Join us to explore funding for heritage efforts statewide. We will look for broad solutions, develop next steps, and build our network of people who care about discovering, preserving, and sharing Oregon’s history. Day two workshops will get down to the nuts and bolts of fundraising. Hear from students researching Oregon history, celebrate the outstanding work of your colleagues at the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet and explore downtown Newberg in the heart of wine country.

Pricing:

  • Through April 7- $55
  • April 8 through 21- $65
  • April 22 through April 26- $100