"Historic Site, but Little Remains" Champoeg State Park by glabah

Champoeg State Park Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 63 photos

Champoeg was, for many many years, an important community in Oregon. Just how far this community goes back is anyone's guess: one of my relatives once had a friend that lived in the area near Butteville, and had a vast collection of Native American arrowheads collected just from their own property.

Obviously, history here goes back far before the arrival of the written word.

Today, the state park includes a large number of open areas, and some forested areas along the river. The park has camping, fishing, a bike path from Champoeg to Butteville, several historical displays and museums, and a number of other items. There are many picnic areas, and a freebee golf course that wanders through part of the park. A few historical sites in the park, such as the Kitty Newell grave and the Oregon Statehood site, are marked.

At one time, the area around the park was mostly farmland. Today, some of the farm land remains, but to an increasing degree the area is turning into a residential area for those who work in Wilsonville's high-tech industry. The park used to be fairly quiet and pleasant, but in recent years the roar of traffic on Wilsonville Road, across the river, has become incessant as more and more people move into the area.

Some pleasant aspects of the area remain, and some of the farms have turned into wineries and vinyards, which is hope that at least some of the region will be preserved from suburban sprawl.

Various Web Sites about The Park

A few links to assorted other web sites about Champoeg are located in my Champoeg Web Sites tip

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice park that preserves a piece of Oregon history. Several small museums inside and around the park.
  • Cons:Not a major tourist attraction site, and no real major features.
  • In a nutshell:Nice recreation spot and nice facilities, but historical markers are all that remain of the significant historical features.
  • Last visit to Champoeg State Park: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Champoeg and its trails and musuem look interesting and the nature surrounding it. Another green park for the state to show off. Good job.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Love that sign....the path to ?

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Now this is my type of holiday spot! What a pleasure to read :o) ...and that ? sign is really funny Genn :o) May I please add the link on my favourite vt'ers pix travelogue? xx

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Nice page. I love state park campsites.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    this state park in Oregon looks different from others - its not hilly and ocean-facing LOL. very nice tips in historical perspective. good warning tip and i liked the store for too many times we have forgotten important stuff back home.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    1st here! Looks like a great spot for a picnic. I really like the old cottage, a cutie!


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