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 following.
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
If you didn’t get a site: Sign up for Reserve America’s – automated notification list. If there’s a cancellation, you’ll get a message so you can hop online and try your luck.
The Cove expects a full and very busy campground for the entire weekend including the actual eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Please plan ahead, come prepared with food, water and supplies. This event will occur during Central Oregon’s annual fire season; when fire conditions can be extreme and fire bans may be in affect – consider alternative cooking methods if you plan on cooking over a campfire. No tiki torches, candles or other open flames are allowed in the park. Traffic congestion is anticipated on local roadways so be prepared for prolonged travel times.
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.
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 staff is currently planning a lot of fun activities, for visitors of all ages, the weekend of August 18 – 20th. A schedule will be posted soon. Thank you for your patience.