Recreation

Champoeg has a rich cultural and natural history but it also has many active recreational opportunities.

Hike, Bike, Run, Walk

There are four miles of trails that wind throughout Champoeg State Park. Beginning in the Riverside Day-Use Area, the trail glides through grassy meadows and oak groves before meandering along banks of the Willamette for hiking, bicycling, walking and jogging. (There’s also an additional one-mile loop that passes the Pioneer Mothers Cabin, the original Champoeg town site, and the Oak Grove Day-Use Area.) Follow the four-mile trail all the way to the park’s Historic Butteville Store, now a quaint restaurant/ice cream parlor, and reward yourself with an old-fashioned cone or root beer float.

Camping

Leave behind your urban cares and take in Champoeg’s natural beauty while camping. The park is open year-round for camping (tent, yurt, cabin and RV) and contains:

  • 8 full hookup sites (water, sewer, electricity)
  • 67 electric sites with water
  • 6 walk-in tents
  • 6 yurts
  • 6 cabins
  • 3 group tent camping areas
  • RV group camping loop with meeting hall
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Flush toilet/hot showers
  • RV dump station

Picnicking, Bird Watching, Disc Golf

Pick a grassy spot under a majestic oak and spread a blanket for a picnic or bird and wildlife watching. The Western Bluebird is one of more than 130 species of birds identified in the park. There are bird-nesting boxes scattered around Champoeg. Check at the Visitor Center for a checklist of Champoeg’s birds. Disc golfing, a cross between Frisbee and golf, also is available with a 15-hole course on a flat terrain. Be sure you pick up a course map at the Visitor Center for this popular summer sport.

Fishing and Boating

Most people come to Champoeg by car but there also is a boat dock and designated fishing areas just north of the Oak Grove Day-Use Area. Sturgeon, summer steelhead, spring Chinook are fished in the Willamette River at various times of the year.