"Peoria Park" Peoria Things to Do Tip by glabah
Peoria Things to Do: 1 reviews and 5 photos
I would probably not describe this little park as anything of any significance if it were not for the fact it is pretty much the only real thing to do with any sort of tourist interest at all in Peoria. The park has a small collection of picnic tables along the Willamette River, and on warm weekends you can find quite a number of people (for such a small town!) enjoying themselves in this park. The photo (photo 2) shows some of the typical picnic tables, but only some of these have cooking fire stands.
The park also features a boat ramp for those wishing to access the river. It appears to be a fairly popular feature, especially when certain fish runs are in season.
The bad news is that this park is located right next to Peoria Road, which is a fairly busy throughfare and people drive far faster than the posted limit through the little community.
For the most part, the park is day-use only, but camping in the park is allowed for one night only if you are traveling by boat or other watercraft on the river. Restrooms are only open in the summer months.
Speaking of which: the park facilities has several generations of pit toilets, with the oldest being on the farthest northern part of the park, a stall building south of that, and then a plastic portable toilet closest to the boat ramp entrance.
The boat ramp is accessed using a fairly narrow road, and thus it is a one-way short loop. The downhill part of the loop is on the north side of the park and the uphill part is closest to town, and is well marked with DO NOT ENTER signs. As shown in photo 4, when the river is a bit high the water may come across the access road a little bit. You may wish to inspect the boat ramp before using.
The playground equipment is fairly simple, but cheap to maintain: it is a dirt hill covered in grass with several concrete pipes running through it. The top of the hill also affords a reasonably nice view of the coast range during clear days. The dirt mound may be seen on the far right side of Photo 5.
The park is maintained by Linn County.
As you head south on Peoria Road it will run next to the river for a distance, and you will see signs noting that the speed limit drops to 45 mph and the road will start to turn away from the river. This is the northern side of Peoria and the park sign (seen above) is right at the northern turnoff to get from the road into the park. If you miss this turnoff, you can turn right at several other roads in Peoria and come back. It isn't as if it is a huge town or anything - Main Street runs parallel to the river and connects most of the town to the park without having to go back out onto Peoria Road.
Address: 29900 Peoria Road, Peoria, Oregon
Directions: Highway 34. Turn south onto Peoria Road approx 1 mile east of Corvallis. There is a traffic light there. Peoria is located approx 10 miles south of highway 34. near Linn County Market Roads #2 and #13