Willamette Mission State Park

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

Nestled in the heart of the fertile Willamette Valley, Willamette Mission State Park has more than 1,600 acres of woodlands interspersed with wetlands, rolling meadows and working farmland. Whether your taste leans towards bird watching along the Willamette River, picnicking in shady walnut or filbert grove, wetting a line or enjoying the scenery from horseback or bicycle, this park has it all.

The park is the site of the former Willamette Mission, established in 1834 by Reverend Jason Lee. The mission marked the first organized religious enterprise in Oregon and one of the first Euro-American communities in the Willamette Valley. Today the old Willamette Mission has been rebuilt as a ghost structure. You can see the structure from the Jason Lee Willamette Mission Monument on the mission trail.

The nation’s largest black cottonwood sits on the shores of Mission Lake. This 270-year old tree is more than 28 feet in circumference, and stands more than 155 feet tall.

The Trails

  • 5 miles of bike paths
  • 7 miles of horse trails
  • 2 ½ mile self-guided education trail
  • 1 mile jogging loop
  • The paths around the Filbert Grove day-use area are accessible to people with disabilities

The Lakes

  • Mission Lake has a boat ramp and ADA fishing docks (electric motors only)
  • Goose Lake requires some hiking, but those willing to trek can find some good fishing (bring your float tube).

The River

  • The boat ramp next to the Wheatland Ferry at the north end of the park provides access to the Willamette River

Group Camping and Picnicking

  • Three reservable picnicking sites for large groups up to 150, includes picnic shelters, tables, electricity, water, and restrooms.
  • Group camping for up to 100 tent campers, includes large fire ring, tables, water and nearby restrooms.