2017 Solar Eclipse
Once in a Lifetime Event
Total Solar Eclipse – Monday, August 21, 2017
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has created a website with our most up to date information on reservations, parks in and near the path of totality, resources, and more. This website will be updated and added to as new information becomes available. OPRD Solar Eclips Info
When planning your trip to The Cove, there is a lot going on in and around Madras, Oregon. Check out The Oregon Solar Fest at Oregon Solar Fest and Madras-Jefferson County Tourism for more details. The City of Culver is hosting their annual Crawdad Festival in downtown Culver on Saturday, August 19 – parade at 10 am, festival 11 am – 5 pm.
The Cove Palisades State Park is within the path of totality. Currently weather predictions indicate clear viewing in this area.
The Cove Palisades State Park Campgrounds are FULL for the weekend
FIRE DANGER: EXTREME
FIRE BAN WILL BE IN PLACE AUGUST 16-23
PROPANE STOVES/GRILLS (with lids) WILL BE ALLOWED
The Cove expects a full and very busy campground from Thursday, August 16 – Tuesday, August 23; including the actual eclipse on Monday, August 21st. (Current weather conditions may extend the ban.) Please plan ahead, come prepared with food, water, ice and supplies. This event will occur during Central Oregon’s annual fire season; fire conditions will be extreme and a fire ban will be in affect – consider alternative cooking methods if you plan on cooking. Propane will be allowed only in developed areas of the park such as campgrounds or day use facilities. No wood or charcoal fires, propane fire rings, tiki-torches, regular or Citronella candles or other open flames are allowed anywhere in the park. Extreme traffic congestion is anticipated on local roadways so be prepared for prolonged travel times and long gas lines.
We are planning for your safety:
The Cove will have an emergency medical station set up onsite from 7 am – 10 pm (as well as overnight emergencies), located on the Deschutes side of the park. Adventure Medics offer advance life support. Their medical staff are highly trained professionals who take pride in being there for park visitors no matter what the circumstances are.
Eye Safety – Is it safe to look at the sun?
Every campsite at The Cove Palisades on the weekend of August 18th, will be given a complementary pair of solar glasses.
The only way to safely look at the Sun when it is not in total eclipse is through approved filter material designed and marketed expressly for direct solar viewing.
BEWARE OF FAKE IMITATIONS!
The ONLY safe time to look at an eclipse with the naked eye is during the TOTAL phase of a TOTAL eclipse. And even then, you must ALWAYS use eye protection any time any piece of the Sun’s bright disk is visible. It is NEVER safe to look at the partial phases of an eclipse without proper protection. Seeing a total eclipse can in fact be done quite safely with proper eye protection. But if you choose to stare at the Sun, outside of the window of time that it is being covered completely by the moon, and/or without proper equipment and techniques to ensure your safety, then you will likely do damage to your eyes. So don’t do that.
Park Events – It’s going to be a stellar weekend!
Park programs will be offered in both the Crooked River and Deschutes Campgrounds Thursday – Monday. Check park flyers for times and locations. Junior Ranger, kid friendly, programs and Evening programs include night hikes, wildlife programs, nature photography on your cell phone, astronomy programs (3 guest Astrophysicists will explain exactly what is happening and the best ways to view the eclipse).
Two special JR activities – Saturday 9:30 am in the Crooked River Amphitheater, make a pizza box solar oven (one per family). Saturday night, 6 pm at Camp Coyote in Deschutes Camp, we will be making and launching air rockets! Sunday morning, 9 am, at Camp Coyote make a pizza box solar oven (one per family).
Information and special roving programs will be available on Saturday and Sunday in our three day-use areas. Special kids activities. Stop by and check it out!
Don’t miss out on the City of Culver’s Crawdad Festival – Saturday, August 19 from 10 -5 pm. The parade kicks off the day; then families can enjoy great food, music, kids activities, vendors and more!