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Making our home even more incredible

From spectacular natural beauty to abundant wildlife to the people who call it home, Oregon is a unique and amazing place. We want to keep it that way. We’re committed to protecting what we all love about Oregon, investing both time and money to create spaces and activities that everyone can enjoy.

PGE parks and campgrounds

From the Columbia River to the Clackamas River to Central Oregon, we manage 14 parks and campgrounds that you can enjoy. Camp, hike, fish, paddle board, raft, bike and more. Find your next Oregon adventure at a PGE park.

Events and activities

Whether you spend one day or every weekend outdoors, there are a number of events and activities to enjoy at our parks. Paddle Timothy Lake on the slopes of Mt. Hood, enjoy the accessible trail leading to towering rock formations at Balancing Rocks Overlook or try disc golf at Trojan Park. And check out these special events:
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    Junior Ranger Program

    June — August 2019
    All day long
    PGE Campgrounds

    One of the best ways to preserve our natural spaces is to engage the next generation. That's why we offer Junior Ranger programs at all our PGE campgrounds over the summer. Every child 5 years and older who visits is invited to join. Just pick up a Park Explorer activity book from the PGE park host. Your child will learn about nature and wildlife conservation and why it's important to us all. Once they complete the book, they'll receive a certificate and an official Junior Ranger badge. It's an excellent way to build excitement about nature and conservation.

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    Timber Festival

    July 4, 2019
    10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
    Timber Park, Estacada

    The Estacada Timber Festival is a celebration of logging heritage in Oregon. A big part of that celebration is the Logging Olympics. This competition draws amateur loggers from all around to compete in events including the pole climb, the log pond roll off and chainsaw races. You can even try your hand at throwing an axe.

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    Free Fishing Weekend

    August 17 — 18, 2019
    All day long
    Multiple PGE Parks and State Parks

    Come join Free Fishing Weekend. This event is open to all ages. No license is needed to fish that weekend but state catch limits still apply. Whether you're a beginner or you've been fishing all your life, visit a PGE park to fish for free August 17 — 18!

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    Best Dam Run

    September 21, 2019
    8:30 a.m. — noon
    Old Clackamas Hwy Trail, Estacada

    Sign up now for this 10K run and walk along the Clackamas River, offering views of pristine waters, forests and interesting geology, as well as bald eagles, osprey and colorful waterfowl.

Meet the people making a difference

Our parks team has many dedicated and talented team members. We’ve even heard them say they have the best jobs ever as biologists, park rangers and archaeologists. Read their stories to learn more about what they do every day to help our customers and contribute to a clean energy future.
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Gonzalo Mendez
Biologist Deschutes River
Mini cleaning old stone engraving
Mini Sharma-Ogle
Archaeologist and Cultural Historian
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Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser
Parks Outreach and Junior Ranger
Program Founder
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Get to know Gonzalo Mendez

Gonzalo is a Fisheries Biologist working to bring salmon and steelhead back to the upper Deschutes basin. “I play with fish,” he modestly puts it. “At least that’s what it feels like to me.”

Gonzalo’s team includes more than a dozen people dedicated to learning about the movement of fish in central Oregon and reconnecting the river ecosystem. “Fish may have behaved a certain way in the ’50s, before the hydroelectric dam, but things are different now,” he says. “The data we’re collecting is creating a new baseline to help us understand behavior of reintroduced salmon and steelhead.”

From February to early June, he’s very busy catching, weighing, measuring and tagging juvenile fish before releasing them. The data collection requires a technical understanding of fish biology, statistics, population dynamics and lots of patience. Ultimately, the goal is to restore lost fragments of our environment, and healthy returns of Chinook and steelhead are key indicators of success.

“Our focus is to make sure the fish are safe,” he says. “I take a lot of pride in the notion that PGE is taking a substantial role in bringing back fish that are an integral part of our Northwest identity.”

Gonzalo fly fising in the river

Get to know Mini Sharma Ogle

In her role as Senior Environmental Specialist, PGE’s archaeologist Mini Sharma Ogle combines science, engineering and dirt digging. “Sometimes it calls for a hard hat; other times, high heels,” she says.

In working with architects and engineers, Mini helps PGE consider the history of a site as well as the community. “I manage our responsibilities towards cultural resources management, making sure we are a good steward of our collective history — particularly with indigenous communities in the areas we serve.”

One day she might be working with local Tribes on a site that dates back 13,000 years. Another day it could be a seismic upgrade to a facility that’s 50 years old. “It’s our job to get ahead of the backhoe,” she says.

Whether it’s the repurposing of materials — like the Faraday Power plant’s creative reuse of wrenches and pipes into a playground — or protecting sensitive areas by altering plans to “go over instead of under,” Mini works hard to balance science and art, engineering and archaeology, and history and modernity.

“I love coming to work because I sincerely feel like I make a difference in how PGE and our employees think about our shared history and how we learn from it,” she adds. “We’re powering the future while protecting the past.”

Gonzalo fly fising in the river

Get to know Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser

As Parks Education Specialist, Dorothy works at her dream job every day. “I’m the Park Ranger in the big hat, sharing stories and pointing at things on the hiking trail.”

One of her main responsibilities every summer is running PGE’s Junior Ranger program for kids aged 5-12, not that anyone checks ID. As part of the program, each Ranger-in-training receives an activity book. Once completed, they get a badge and certificate as proof of their Junior Ranger status.

In addition to being a fun activity, the program was created to help build a relationship between kids, families, and park rangers while instilling a sense of respect for nature. “Not everyone needs to be a Park Ranger,” Dorothy says, “but we can all be good stewards of nature.”

Her love of nature comes from her time as a student at Northland College in Wisconsin where she studied the teachings of environmentalist Freeman Tilden. One of his quotes still inspires her: “Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection.”

With nearly 700 participants in just its second year, it's easy to see that Dorothy and the team is providing inspiration for the next generation of Park Rangers.