Weatherby Rest Area along I-84 (at Mile marker 335) will be closed for a three day period starting at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday, October 14th). OTE’s Weatherby Supervisor David Patton, said that asphalt will be removed and replaced in the parking areas to repair large potholes.
The rest are is scheduled to reopen this Thursday, October 15th by 9:00 a.m. Should there be an extension to the closure period, we …
Government Camp Rest Area is one of OTE’s most highly utilized rest stops. Snowboarders, hikers, sledders, skiers and Mt. Hood enthusiasts flock to the Hwy 26 stop in droves.
In order to withstand heavy snow drifts, the rest area’s small A-frame rest area building requires a massive amount of maintenance. As part of OTE’s responsibility to the public, a new roof is being installed over the next …
October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.
According to statistics, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise across Oregon. In 2013 ODOT …
“Once or twice a month, a group of bikers pass through our rest area at Government Camp,” says Barry Reed, OTE Rest Area Specialist. “What’s unique about this group of motorcycle riders is Tashi.”
Reed explains that Tashi is a rather large (and a bit pudgy) Lab mix who rides side saddle across the back of his owner’s motorcycle.
“Tashi has his own blanket,” says Reed. “And every time he and his …
If you happen to be a regular I-5 commuter who stops at OTE’s northbound French Prairie Rest Area, you may notice hammers flying over the next month. As part of OTE’s five year strategic plan, upgrades and improvements to motorist information services are underway, starting with the northbound French Prairie Travel Information Kiosk.
Clackamas County has partnered with OTE to …
Oregon Travel Experience’s governing body is known as the Oregon Travel Information Council in Oregon Statute. Ten members are appointed by the governor and one position represents the Oregon Transportation Commission. Their mission is to create a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.
If you are going to be on an Oregon highway or byway this fall, you might be curious about some of the more un-known features at our rest areas. We’ve had recent email from prospective visitors who wondered if they could sleep or set up BBQs at an Oregon rest area. Surprisingly, we have a number of rules and regulations that allow for both family and pets to have a good time when stopping. We want you to be safe, so please, don’t let weariness get to you and alter your Oregon experience. Check out some hidden gems and our rest area FAQs.
Would it surprise you to find out that OTE is actually mandated by the State of Oregon to “preserve the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas?”
As part of our mission, we’re always on the lookout for sustainable products and ways to help conserve Oregon’s natural resources. Recently, the rest area team at Government Camp installed new water-free fixtures to help conserve our state’s water supply. Check out the story and photo gallery.
All of us at OTE are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, OTE employees agree that customers come first.
We know what it’s like to be on the other end and traveling with our family or friends–you want where you stop to be clean and safe, and you want to find your way easily without having to search for the information. And, you expect to have a great time.
It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the OTE staff page.
The following links connect you to our main programs:
Highway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.
Rest Areas: Oregon Travel Experience supervises 20 rest areas across the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Oregon Travel Experience’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.
Free Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by OTE and run by volunteer non-profit groups. Want to serve? For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.
Sales Programs: From Travel Information Kiosks to TripCheck.com, Oregon Travel Experience connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0155.
Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.
Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.
Places to Stop: Use your mobile device and check out these hidden gems. Our highway sign customers run some of the most unique businesses in Oregon. These Sunday-living styled articles can help you find the perfect place to stay, eat, or have fun.
OTE's 2012 Annual report to the Oregon Legislature
Our 2012 legislative annual report is actually a short video. We thought that reducing paper mass was a good step towards sustainable practices. If you want to learn more about why OTE was formed in 1972, some cool facts about Lady Bird Johnson's connection to our mission and how our programs work, zip on over to the movie. It's more fun than wading through 50 dry pages of division reports... we promise.
Go on a Field Trip with OTE
It's as easy as one, two, three... just click on the Field Trip icon above, and download the app for free. It's available for Android or iOS platforms. Receive push notifications about OTE's heritage sites when you're on the road, bike, or taking a hike through your favorite Oregon city or town.