Day Use Fees FAQ
Day Use Fees $5.00 as of January 1st 2015
Since Oct. 1, 2005, Josephine County Parks has implemented a day use parking fee. Collection and enforcement began January 1, 2007. These fees are currently $5.00 per vehicle per day and are good for all of Josephine County Parks listed below:
Tom Pearce Park, Indian Mary, Almeda, Ennis Riffle, Wolf Creek, Whitehorse, Griffin, Schroeder, Fish Hatchery, Turtle Lane and Lake Selmac.
They are also good at the following locations and boat ramps: Chinook Park, Pierce Riffle Park, Lathrop, Galice, Robertson Bridge and Ferry Hole.
Day Use parking fees are required to park at any parks facilities or parks property.
Parks would like visitors to know that they can purchase an annual parking pass for only $30 with the option to purchase additional passes for the same household at $25.00. This discount only applies if additional pass was purchased on the same visit.
For valid disabled parking permit holders, the annual parking pass is only $15.00 (50% off) Additional parking passes are not discounted. (Only 1 discount per person). Disabled Placard holders must come into the office to show proof. All non-commercial passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE.
To receive a FREE Annual Parking Pass volunteer 8 documented hours. Visit or call County Parks for details.
It takes only 6 visits x $5 = $30 so please take the opportunity to save yourself money in the long run and be able to visit the parks as much as you'd like.
To purchase a Annual Parking Pass, come to the Parks office at:
125 Ringuette St.
8am-12noon and 1pm-4:30pm
You may also Purchase Your Pass Online.
Please contact us if you are a service connected veteran for a fee waiver on a park pass.
DIRECTIONS: Travel South on Redwood Hwy 199 Turn Right on Ringuette Street between the Dairy Queen and Chevron Station. Turn left into the first gated parking area. We are the yellow and blue striped building on the left hand side of the parking lot.
If you walk in, ride your bicycle in, or ride your *horse into the park NO Day Use Fee will be required.
* Horses are only allowed at Lake Selmac and Fish Hatchery on designated trails only.
FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When did this fee get put into place and how long will it be assessed? The fees started October 1, 2005, based on the Board of County Commissioners decision to implement a day parking fee by Order 2005-288, for all County Parks. Resolution No. 2006-068 signed October 4, 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners authorizing collection and enforcement of Day Parking Fees beginning January 1, 2007.
I pay taxes, why am I being asked for this fee? A lot of citizens do not know this, but Josephine County Parks has not received any tax dollars or county funds for several years. All money collected goes to Parks operations and maintenance.
So if I pay this fee, will I see improvements in the parks? Yes! The fees collected so far this year are already making it possible to bring on extra help, to repair and clean park facilities, and will continue to be used in Parks only, such as the new ADA docks at Lake Selmac.
I have been using these parks for 20 years, what if I refuse to pay? If you do not wish to pay, there are other parks that do not have a fee. City parks and private parks, Argo, Rand, Whitehorse boat ramp and Graves Creek do not charge a Day Use Parking fee.
What constitutes Day Parking? Day Parking is using any park property or facility for parking. This includes most boat ramps and parking lots.
What if I am a paid camper? Paid camp receipts are the same as day passes and are good in all parks listed below.