City of Salem Park Rules During the Eclipse

Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge

Salem, Oregon has many beautiful and iconic parks. Due to the large open spaces in these parks, they will be a draw for many people to gather and watch the eclipse. The city will enforce park rules. If you’re planning on spending August 21 at the park, here are some things you need to know.

Park Rules

  • Don’t litter
    This one is should be obvious. If you pack it in, you must dispose of it properly or take it home with you.
  • No smoking
    Smoking and vaping are not allowed in any park in Salem. This includes parking lots located on park property. This also includes e-cigarettes, marijuana, or cannabis products.
  • Dogs
    Your dog will need to stay on a leash unless it is in an off-leash area. Scoop laws also apply.


If you want to spend the night at the park, or save a spot overnight at the park during the weekend of the eclipse, that’s ok. Sleeping bags, lawn chairs, tents etc. are ok, but please remember to stay out of protected, natural areas.

Here’s things that are not allowed in Salem parks:

  • Vehicles or campers on turf areas
  • RVs
  • Fires
  • Fire pits
  • Fireworks
  • Large tailgating set-ups
  • Large Barbeques
  • ATVS
  • Alcohol, except with permit
  • Other heavy-duty camping equipment
  • Stay out of protected natural areas
  • No camping in parking lots, roadways, or walkways

We also want to mention that Salem Police will respond to disturbances and criminal activity to help everyone have a safe and fun experience.