Lane County to reopen Archie Knowles Campground
By Jack Davis
Friday ceremony to recognize park’s extensive renovations.
Lane County, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon State Parks will host a grand opening ceremony on Friday, June 17, at 1 p.m. to mark the reopening of the Archie Knowles Campground and Day Use Area.
The campground is located about 18 miles east of Florence on Highway 126.
The USFS closed the popular 4.5-acre campground in 2012 because it was deemed too expensive to renovate and maintain. The park infrastructure, including septic and water systems, had been deteriorating for years.
An $84,976 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and a $58,838 grant from the Siuslaw National Forest made the rehabilitation possible.
Rehabilitation began in January 2016 and included updating the water, waste and electrical systems, as well as the restroom.
The project also removed invasive vegetation, paved all campsite spurs and created a campsite compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The campground will reopen under the jurisdiction of Lane County Parks.
The grand opening will feature brief remarks from West Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich and representatives of the USFS, Oregon State Parks, Siuslaw Watershed Council, Save Archie and the Mapleton School District.
Bozievich said, “I am pleased to have played a small part in the re-opening of Archie Knowles Campground. The credit goes to Lane County Parks staff, the staff of the Siuslaw National Forest and, most of all, to the community members who would not let this gem of a park stay closed.”
The public is invited to the grand opening.
Parking is limited and guests are asked to park at Camp Lane (15761 Highway 126, about 5.4 miles east of Archie Knowles). Shuttle service will be provided to and from the event.
The campground was named for Archie Knowles, a former forest service ranger who was the child of early area settlers Albert and Lillian Knowles.