Starting Jan. 1, 2012, dogs and cats will be permitted in state-owned 20 yurts and 13 cabins at 21 campgrounds throughout Oregon, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announced Tuesday (March 29).

The change comes on the heels of a successful pilot program at three campgrounds that began in May 2009. Since then, a yurt at South Beach, a cabin at Stub Stewart and two cabins at LaPine have allowed campers of the four-legged variety, the Corvallis Gazette Times reported.

“The experiment confirmed that a demand existed for pet-friendly yurts and cabins,” said OPRD Recreation Programs Manager Richard Walkoski. “We’re responding to that demand, while remaining conscious of the preferences and needs of other campers.”

The trial units remain open to reservations this year, with reservations for 2012 opening for the additional sites on April 1.

Pets are allowed only in those yurts and cabins designated as pet friendly. As such, reservations may only be made by phone, by calling Reservations Northwest at (800) 452-5687. Online reservations are not available.

A $10 per night pet fee (non-refundable) on top of the daily rate will be charged, and there is a limit of two pets per night. At least one pet-friendly yurt or cabin at each park will be ADA accessible.

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