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Detroit Lake State Park

Despite concern about increased screen time and a lack of nature in the modern diet, Oregonians are going camping more than ever.

The number of camper nights at Oregon’s 57 state park campgrounds hit a new high in 2017 with 2.78 million visits. It was the third straight record-breaking year, narrowly edging the 2016 total of 2.74 million, according to the Statesman Journal.

Outdoor recreation was something of a mix in 2017, with August’s solar eclipse bringing additional people to the outdoors, while the wildfires often kept them indoors.

Following years of growth, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hire an additional 21 park rangers for 2018.

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