Champoeg State Park Things to Do
Update: For various reasons the decision has been made to relocate this entire structure from its current location. Among other problems the bank beside the river is suffering heavy erosion due to the amount of boat wake now using this part of the river. Therefore, on 11 November 2013 the museum closed and will eventually reopen in a new...more
Champoeg State Park has a number of web sites about it, including:Oregon State Parks, Park # 113: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_113.phpA considerable amount of information is available on a brochure about Champoeg published by the Oregon State Parks. You may find this on the state parks web site, as from time to time it has appeared there,...more
Bikes are not allowed on this trail due to its fagile nature. It is a comfortable (as opposed to the hard surface of the bike trail) bark dust trail that runs along the Willamette River from the entrance to the camping area (where it joins the Champoeg - Butteville Trail ) to the large picnic area near the pioneer mother's museum, and passes...more
Champoeg State Park, among its various other recreational facilities, has a disc golf course. The course is reasonably challenging as much of it goes through the "Oak Grove" area of the park. There are marked "tee off" areas with rubber matts and established "hole" areas that serve as a goal for the "golfer".There are some fairly serious frisbee...more
As one of the few areas in the park that actually has access to the river, I feel that the Blue Heron Picnic Area is worthy of mention in its own right.There are dozens of picnic tables (though in the off-season, they are locked up) and a few scattered trees that are quite small. Most of the area is wide open grass.There is a fishing and boating...more
This asphalt trail runs between the large day-use picnic areas and museum area, through the "Oak Grove" area and camping area of the park, all the way to the edge of the park at Schuler Road (which is actually more of a very narrow paved driveway, no larger than the trail). The trail then runs along the shoulder of Butteville road for a brief...more
Champoeg State Park Shopping
Newell's Museum Store: Some of the Stuff You May Need
Located inside Champoeg's visitors center and museum building, this little store sells some of the things you may need in the park but have forgotten to bring. This includes a small but diverse group of things including a few bicycle helments, a few food items, some small number of camping materials, and various other items that may be vital to your visit.
The only thing that really makes it unique is that it is the only place to buy much of anything inside the park.
This may be very useful particularly if you are camping at the park, but unfortunately the store is not open at night so that if you really need something in the middle of the night this isn't an option either.
What to buy: Perhaps the most interesting item to purchase here is the Oregon State Parks pass, which for $25 allows you to drive into any of the Oregon State Parks without paying the entry fee. If you visit nine of these parks, or otherwise enter the parks nine times, during the year you have paid for your pass.
They have quite a collection of history and nature guides to Oregon, and a diverse array of material from the Pacific Northwest.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel
Champoeg State Park Warnings and Dangers
Various Small Dangers at State Park
Unfortunately, state parks are a huge attraction for those who steal things out of vehicles, even with the crowded nature of these places. It is best for you to make sure that your valuables are either with you or locked up. It is preferred that they be locked up.
This can also be a problem with the cabins and camping facilities.
Do NOT leave your food outside, if you camp. Despite the park being very close to suburban Wilsonville and its commercial areas, and the extensive farming and vinyards that now surround Champoeg State Park, coyotes frequent the park. I have seen them in broad daylight.
Update: October 2008!! The Champoeg-Butteville trail from Butteville to Champoeg State Park has been repaved! All of the bumps are completely gone! The photo (photo 2) is no longer a good representative of the trail! Instead, photo 1 shows how the trail now looks for the entire distance. Thus, I can now tell you that bicycle riders no longer have to be careful of huge bumps in the trail, as shown in photo 2.Related to:
- Road Trip
Champoeg State Park Off The Beaten Path
Since Champoeg was an early settlement, there are naturally some early graves in the area. The only one that is marked, however, is that of Kitty Newell, who was the daughter of the Nez Perce wife of early Oregon settler Robert Newell.The grave site is near the group tent camping area, and is just off the paved Champoeg-Butteville Trail east of the...more
Champoeg is one of the few places left where the Western Bluebird is able to find nesting spots, and only then due to the placement of nesting boxes in a number of locations - and even then, frequently the nest boxes are taken over by various swallows and starlings.The result is that in Oregon the western Bluebird is not that easy to find, even in...more
There is significant evidence that this barn was built from materials salvaged from the 1861 flood that wiped Champoeg off the map. It may very well be the oldest standing structure in Oregon. It is located behind the visitors center and museum. Signs next to the barn tell of some of its interesting features that give evidence that much of it is a...more