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Total solar eclipse prompts park campgrounds reservations blitz

Total solar eclipse. (Associated Press)
Total solar eclipse. (Associated Press)

PARKS – Skywatchers are planning ahead to see the total solar eclipse next summer.  Oregon reports that ALL of the state park system's  available campsites in the main eclipse pathway have been booked for the night of the celestial event.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department began accepting reservations for campsites at state parks within the path of totality – in which the moon will completely block the sun on Aug. 21, 2017 – and campers claimed every one of the 1,200 sites within an hour.

The path of totality is about 90 miles wide and passes right through Baker County. Four state parks in all are in the path.

Despite concerns that the department’s reservation system would crash, it performed well with the high level of interest, parks officials said.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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