The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering free camping, free day use and the chance to discover the diversity of Oregon's state parks Saturday.

Campers will find rental fees for full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water) and tent sites waived for the night of June 4 at all state park campgrounds. Also, entry is free at the 26 parks that charge day-use fees.

Tours through a lighthouse, a historic farmstead and an underground World War II battery are scheduled as part of the eighth annual celebration. So are guided tide pool and nature trails explorations, living history presentations, complimentary hot dog barbecue feasts and servings of State Parks Day cake.

At Fort Stevens State Park, activities include guided nature trail bike rides, special Junior Ranger activities and an evening tsunami presentation at the campground, and Army truck rides and tours of underground Battery Mishler at the Historic Area.

For a complete list of the day's activities, go to (


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