Is anyone planning to go out to there anytime soon, say this month (July 2020)? I live near Hillsboro and have been wanting to check it out and try out my new electronic headset and my old FN-FAL and Sig P229 pistol there.
Anybody think it would be a bad idea to make like a sign up roster for the lanes? Max two hours per session so people could use the sale equally? Just a thought so people don’t waste trips or gas.
Flymph
Flymph
It's just not practical, and there are plenty of other places to shoot. Use good judgement and a trip to the range becomes an adventure.
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
Being that these lanes are not designated as anything. They fall under the same rules and guidelines set by Oregon Department of Forestry for state forest lands. No reservations can be made or set up. They are as is, first come first serve basis.

If you are a business and or trainer looking to utilize these lanes for those purposes, please contact ODF Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191. Arrangements can be made only by ODF to gain permits to set up a class and or activities like such on these lanes. Same goes for any sort of organization that wishes to perform any large group activities among these recreational shooting lanes, such as clean ups.
Is the range still open?
Camelfilter
Camelfilter
Forget State forest hours specifically target shooting, but yes. During daylight.

Is normally rather busy on the weekends especially, and only 4 lanes.
Sackman79
Sackman79
Thanks for the update I’m going to try and go during the week so it’s not as busy.
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
This is a public recreational shooting area. It is unmanned and open to the public 365 days a year from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. If the area is to be closed for cleaning or maintenance it will be posted here as well as Oregon Department of Forestry’s webpage otherwise it is open year round. We highly encourage using proper manufactured targets and that you pack in and pack out everything you bring.
Still pretty new to shooting, so does anyone know what to do with empty casings? Because every time my son and I go shooting there we always try to clean after ourselves.
Camelfilter
Camelfilter
As @Flymph mentions.

I’d recommend holding onto them, until you have “a bunch”. Then sell them/trade them on here in our reloading section (brass center fire only).

Or, if you all shoot “a bunch” now, or perhaps going forwards, you might consider getting into reloading your own.

If that may be an option for you all in the future, then just save them. They won’t go bad & don’t take up too much space (depending, obviously). Sort using gallon ziplocks in a 5 gallon bucket, to start.
Lasers
Lasers
I saved my brass for 3 years before I started reloading. Man was I happy with past me!
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
It is part of ORS Statute 530.050 of the rules on state forest lands that, “Remove from State Forest land all she’ll casings, targets, and other debris resulting from the target shooting activity.”

In other words, please pack in and pack out.

You can discard empty shell casings in the garbage or recycling bin if your disposal company allows. Selling them here or giving them away to a reloader is another great option. Keeping them doesn’t hurt either if you believe you might be interested in reloading down the road.
I am new. Is the range functioning, what are the hours?
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
This is a public recreational shooting area. It is unmanned and open to the public 365 days a year from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. If the area is to be closed for cleaning or maintenance it will be posted here as well as Oregon Department of Forestry’s webpage otherwise it is open year round. We highly encourage using proper manufactured targets and that you pack in and pack out everything you bring.
What time people usely start to get there in the morning?
There are a specific time the range open?
FordPrefect
FordPrefect
According to this page, Forest Park and Recreation Area

You can:
(G) Engage in target shooting or other shooting related activity at times between one half-hour after sunset until one half-hour before sunrise.
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
These shooting lanes abide by Tillamook State Forest shooting regulations. Legal shooting hours are from sun up to sun down.

Folks tend to arrive very early on the weekends to insure getting a shooting lane.
What is the status of this facility?
mattnorthwest
mattnorthwest
Open. Was just up there yesterday. road between the first lane and the turn off from the dirt road can be a bit tough if you have a low-clearance car (like my ford focus hatch...)
How late is the range open to the public?
Timbertodd
Timbertodd
With the exception of some scheduled cleanups and major repairs the lanes are accessible 24/7. Im not sure if ODF has allowed shooting hours in the forests such as dawn till dusk. You should be able to get that info from their website if someone doesn't chime in and answer that for you.
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
When is the next cleanup?
As soon as the snow melts?
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
Yep yep and yep.

Ya, I’ll get a thread out once the weather clears up a bit to get a small cleanup organized for Wolf Creek.

Otherwise, the first Trash No Land clean up will be in April up in Yacult.
May head up there this weekend for the first time. First time shooting on public land, what kind of targets? Should I bring steel? Build a quick frame of wood to hang paper on?

Thanks folks!
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
Paper an steel targets manufactured for target shooting are perfectly acceptable.

Tillamook Forest regulations state any target manufactured for target shooting is an acceptable target. No 2 liters and such type of thing.
bolus
bolus
Can I shoot here for free? Or is there a fee?
Camelfilter
Camelfilter
Free.
What is the shooting protocol at these ranges? I have only shot at controlled ranges, not public land free for all. I have watched a few folks shooting at Browns Camp when I was dirt bike riding, and it seemed like a bubblegum show.

My questions are: If someone else is shooting at lane, can I just join in? How many shooters will a lane hold? What is the frequency for going cold on the lane to swap targets? Anything else?

Thanks!
Camelfilter
Camelfilter
You may get more responses posting this question in the main thread...500 characters.

First come first served at the lanes.

However we’ve asked if it was OK to join some folks & likewise have been asked.

Coopers 4 rules always apply when handling firearms, and I have had to politely as well as command voice correct some folks.

Carry out what you carry in. No shooting “trash”, just targets & nothing explosive. Steel ban may still be in order uomthat way (dunno if it’s wet up there yet).
Wanted to teach a couple of new shooters firearm safety, how to load, unload, shoot, etc.
Is North Fork open? I was just driving past Mt.Hood national forest, saw some no-shooting signs.
Do the fire-related closures around Oregon affect this place?
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ritzarsevera
Thanks Reno911!
Where can I find renovation/cleanup times, if possible? I was wanting to go tomorrow.
Do the fire closures not affect this range?
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
The discussion thread is the best place to check. Or ODFs website. Myself and cogs try to keep everyone updated on this website. Trashnoland.org would also be a good site to keep track of for updates.

The fire risks are very real for Tillamook State Forest, but the Federal fire restrictions do not effect state forests.
R
ritzarsevera
Thank you so much, Reno911!
I'll make sure to take along a fire extinguisher and shovel, just in case. And we'll keep a super watchful eye out, to be sure.
HI all,
Can someone please confirm the information and provide the missing information below?
Thanks you very much.

1) Lane 1 is 30 yards.
2) Lane 2 is unknown.
3) Lane 3 is 75 yards, what is the handgun lane?
4) Lane 4 is 100 yards, what is the handgun lane?
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
Lane 1 is roughly 15 yards to the berm.
Lane 2 is roughly 20 yards to the berm.
Lane 3 started out at 60 yards to the long berm and 15 to the short.
Lane 4 started out at 75/80 yards to the long berm and 15 to the short.

These have slightly changed due to the berms and backstops deterioration and materials grading on their own over time.
K
kd908070
Thank you for the information.
Hey ya'll. I'm a newbie here so please excuse and dumb or repetitive questions. I tried reading through most of this thread to get the info that I need. It seems like this is a decent spot outside PDX to go plinking. My main question is, would this be a place I could take my wife and my nephews? I've been to some spots in Washington that are well maintained with great people but I've also encountered other spots where I was rather uncomfortable with the people there and the way they were shooting. I realize these things are very hit or miss but just looking for your personal opinion. Also, will I be able to reach this with a front wheel drive car like a civic? We are lucky to have organizations like these to help keep these sites open. Next time there is a clean up, I am in for sure if yall need me. Thanks in advance!
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
Perfect spot to bring family. FWD should be fine to access the lanes. The road is overdue for grading, IE there are some pot holes, but not that bad. Have fun!

Oh, and keep you eyes out for a TNL clean up on the 25th.
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bakchoy
My minivan can make it up there. I take the family . . .
Is the range closed for fire danger. Was thinking of shooting this Monday. ..
B
bakchoy
No, I don't think the range is closed. I was up there a week or so ago and was able to shoot.
Reno
Reno - Official Answer
These lanes are open year round. Access is only limited on occasion for cleaning or renovation etc. Best way to know is to check the current page on the discussion portion of this thread. Also a good source for info is here:

State of Oregon: Recreation - Target Shooting

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