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