Tom Penix/The Register-Guard

Sky watchers looking for a wide-open view of the total solar eclipse that will pass over Oregon on Aug. 21 soon will have 1,000 more places to find it.

The state Parks and Recreation Department announced this week that it will open up reservations for 1,000 more campsites for eclipse viewing at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Chris Havel, spokesman for the parks department, said the agency realized in November — when it released all its available reserved campsites nine months ahead of the eclipse and all of them were rapidly reserved — that more campsites had to be found. Since then, parks personnel have worked to make about 280 day-use campsites temporarily available for overnight use around the time of the eclipse. On top of that, they’ve worked with the U.S. Forest Service to find additional sites. And then they began getting creative.

“We looked at fields and parking lots,” he said.

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