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1,000 additional Oregon campsites open Wednesday for solar eclipse reservations

On August 21, 2017, part of the Willamette Valley will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse. The rare celestial event is drawing thousands to book hotel rooms and campsites in the Corvallis area. (NASA image)

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation is opening more camping spots for total solar eclipse viewers starting Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

Due to the high demand for campsites and the expected crowds, 1,000 additional campsites will be available for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

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The Department of Parks and Recreation said most of its regular campsites have been booked for the event since November.

On the day of the solar eclipse, a 60-mile band of Oregon will fall into the path of totality. A moment of darkness will come during the day as the moon covers the sun and its shadow falls on Earth.

The campsite prices range from $10 a night for a basic spot in a field or parking lot to $31 a night for an RV site with full hookups. All sites include an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee.

All sites require a minimum of a three-night stay. Visitors must check-in Friday, August 18 and check out Monday, August 21.

Campers can make reservations at reserveamerica.com or by calling the reservation line at 800-452-5697.

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