Where to watch the solar eclipse on Oregon public lands

Where to see the eclipse in Oregon.

Where to see the eclipse in Oregon.


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 06.15.17

On August 21, 2017, millions of people will travel to see the first total eclipse in the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in between the Sun and the Earth, thereby blocking sunlight and turning the day into night. Complete darkness or “totality” will occur along a narrow strip of Earth, including a stretch from Oregon through South Carolina. A partial eclipse will occur outside the band of totality.

Remember the only time it is safe to look at the eclipse with a naked eye is during totality. Staring at a partial eclipse without eye protection may result in  “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns.  

Below the video of a 2012 total solar eclipse is a list of public lands in Oregon where full totality of the eclipse will be visible.

Central and Eastern Oregon State Parks â€‹with eclipse totality:

Bates State Park 

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site

Farewell Bend State Recreation

Smith Rock State Park

The Cove Palisades State Park

Unity Lake State Recreation Site

Willamette Mission State Park

Coastal and Western Oregon State Parks with eclipse totality:

Cascadia State Park

Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area

Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site

Silver Falls State Park

South Beach State Park

Oregon National Wildlife Refuges with eclipse totality:

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon National Forests with eclipse totality:

Malheur National Forest

Ochoco National Forest

Siuslaw National Forest

Willamette National Forest - North of Mount Washington

Other areas with eclipse totality: 

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Here is an interactive map from NASA that shows the path of totality.