January’s floodwaters caused about $14,000 damage to county park facilities in Linn County, Ore., located southeast of Portland, the Albany Democrat Herald reported.
There was “severe erosion” at the hiking trails at Roaring River Campground, Park Director Brian Carroll told the county commissioners on Tuesday (Feb. 21).
Most of the county’s campgrounds are in the Sweet Home area and were not damaged, Carroll said.
Also Tuesday, Carroll received approval from the commissioners to build a new shower/restroom complex and two vault toilets at River Bend Campground near Cascadia.
The $224,024 project will be funded by a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department with a match from the state RV fees program.
Carroll said completion of the second phase of construction brings the total number of camping sites to 85 at River Bend, and two of five planned cabins have been constructed overlooking the South Santiam River.
“We are seeing strong demand for cabin rentals,” Carroll said. “There are still some dates open mid-week and even a couple weekends, but they will go fast.”
Nightly cabin rates are $65.
Carroll said he estimates each cabin will pay for itself in about two years. They sleep six people. The units were built by parks crew staff.
The commissioners also approved a 25-year lease with the U.S. Corps of Engineers for Sunnyside Campground, which sits on Corps property.
Carroll said there is no fee involved.
Linn County operates about 539 camping sites at several parks and Clear Lake Resort, about 44 miles east of Sweet Home.
As of 2011, the county also manages six U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the Cascadia area east of Sweet Home.
The annual operating budget is about $1.1 million, most of which comes from parks fees, with only about 9 percent from the county’s general fund.