SALEM, Ore. -

December is "good deal" month at Oregon State Parks. From December 1- December 31, visitors and gift-givers can save $5 on the 12-month day-use parking permit.

Parking fees are required at 26 Oregon state parks, and cost $5 per day, unless you have a 12 or 24-month pass. The 12-month pass is on sale for $25 - regularly $30 - in December.

"This makes a great gift," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) spokesman Chris Havel. "And with $5 off, it's also a big bargain " The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle, making them a versatile value in today's economy. OPRD also offers a 24-month pass, priced at $50, that Havel said is "always a good deal."

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30--regularly $35--in December.

The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits, coastal passports and OPRD gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards that have VISA or MasterCard logos.

Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. A list of vendors is posted at http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=30 The coastal passports are sold at some coastal state parks, federal agency offices and local vendors in several coastal communities.