Willamette Mission State Park

  General Advisory 11/14/17
The main road into Willamette Mission is closed due to flooding; there is a 2.5 mi. trail near office that is open. There is pedestrian access to Main Park via the North Entrance near the Wheatland Ferry.

Major Features & Activities

Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife
  • Disc Golf
  • Horse Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Bike Path (ADA)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing
  • Hiker Biker

Current Park Hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Willamette Mission is one of the most significant and beautiful historic sites in the Willamette Valley. The park is the site of the first mission for Native Americans in the west, founded in 1834 by Reverend Jason Lee. The Methodist Mission was the first American settlement after the fur trading forts in the Oregon Territory.  The original buildings are represented by framed outlines called ghost structures and can be seen with a short jaunt on the Mission Trail. Walk a little further and the landing for the Wheatland Ferry -- the first to carry a wagon and ox team across the Willamette River in 1844 -- is there, welcoming visitors to ride. 

Another highlight of the park is the Nation's Largest Black Cottonwood - it's been around for over 250 years.  It on the bank of the mile-long oxbow lake - Mission Lake, along with an array of grassy meadows, flowering shrubs, trees and outstanding bird and wildlife viewing. 

The park offers many daytime opportunities for trail enthusiasts, boaters, anglers and picnic groups. It's known for the trails - From rugged but sandy equestrian multi-use trails, to soft-landing jogging, history and nature trails, to sure-footed paved trails.  Sixteen miles in all - sure to find your suit!  Willamette Mission picnic areas are filbert and walnut orchards for family fall picking. For those that enjoy water, plan your spring or early summer trip fishing the docks or canoeing Mission Lake or boating the Willamette River.

Willamette Mission State Park is perfect for your next picnic! Three excellent picnic facilities are reservable for large groups. There are picnic shelters, electricity, restrooms, water faucets, picnic tables, sunny areas and trees for shade, plus ample room for parking. You can even rent a large barbecue at the park.
The park also has areas with reservations for volleyball, horseshoes, softball and soccer.

Plan on Willamette Mission as a part of your picnic or group activity.

Camp Facility Information:

  • Beaver Island Group Camp (tent camping) available by reservation only at minimum Group Camp rate
  • Beaver Island Group Camp is primitive camping with a large fire ring, tables, water spigot, and outhouse
  • Horse Camp available by reservation only at primitive camp rate, four sites total with four stalls each. Campers must have a pack animal to stay in Horse Camp.
  • Individual camping not available;  Bicycle-in camp available for long-distance road bicycling only