Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden applauds progress on Cultus Lake reopening

July 13, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden applauds progress on Cultus Lake reopening 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement after Forest Service officials announced the boat launch and day use area at Cultus Lake Campground will be reopening: 

“After expressing my deep frustration with the initial closure of Cultus Lake, I was pleased to see the Forest Service went into high gear to find a better way forward. While no one disputed the need to protect campers from harm, shutting down the campground for the whole season didn’t make sense from a practical view. That is why as soon as I learned of the closure I put together a meeting and a tour of the campground with Forest Service and Cultus Lake officials to get a better sense of the situation on the ground. There’s more work to be done, but today’s announcement is an encouraging sign. I will continue to work alongside the Forest Service to help make sure this progress continues so the campground can open as soon as possible.” 

Following the announcement of the closure of Cultus Lake in June, Walden called for answers in a letter to Deschutes National Forest Supervisor John Allen. Walden also met with Forest Service officials and the owner of the Cultus Lake Resort to find a solution to open the campground for part of the summer. You can learn more about his visit here: