Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

Park History

This park was acquired from private owners between 1925 and 1970. Extensive day-use developments were made in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the early 1950's, overnight camp facilities were added. In January 1812, trappers and traders of the Astor overland expedition, under the leadership of Wilson Price Hunt, crossed the Blue Mountains in this vicinity, thus establishing the route later used by Oregon Trail emigrants. In the 1880's, the trail was replaced by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company (now Union Pacific) railroad, which reaches the mountain summit of Meacham a few miles to the south of the park. During the construction of I-84 in the 1950's, one could still find artifacts on the Oregon Trail in the gulch south of the park.

Acreage: 62.9

Annual overnight attendance: 19,826

Annual day-use attendance: 121,584

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area FAQ


How do I rent a cabin at Emigrant Springs?

Call Reservations NW at 1-800-452-5687, or go online to www.oregonstateparks.org. Reservations are accepted between 1 day and 9 months of arrival.  Vacant cabins are rented on the day of arrival on a first come - first served basis, by calling a Park Ranger listed on the Kiosk by the check-in booth, a Park Host, or by calling the Park office at (541) 983-2277.

How do I rent the Community Building?

Call the park office at (541) 983-2277 for availability and an application.  Reservations are made up to 9 months in advance.  Full payment is due with your return application.  The Community Building rental is $150 per day and the rental period is from 9:00 AM to 8:00 AM the next morning (23 hours). There is bench seating & tables for 150 - 200 people. The Community Building must be left in the condition you found it, or a minimum cleaning fee of $100 may be charged.    There is an additional $8 reservation fee for each booking. 

Can I sleep inside the Community Building

Not at this time.  There are no overhead fire sprinklers, which is a requirement for a community sleeping area. There is a primitive group camp just outside the community building for tent camping.  A limited amount of RV's are allowed in the Community Building parking lot overnight, but there are no hookups.  Overnight camping next to the Community Building is charged at $10 per night for up to 8 people per tent or RV.  Campers are welcome to use the main shower facilities in the lower camping area of the park.

Does the park have programs for school groups?

Yes. Call the park office at 541-983-2277 to schedule an interpretive program on Environmental Education.

What's the difference between a Rustic cabin and a Totem cabin?

The Rustic cabins are larger and have a few amenities that the Totem cabins don't have:  Rustic cabins sleep 5, have a table & chairs and a mini-fridge inside with a propane cook top and stove out on the porch.  The Totem cabins are a duplex that sleep 3 as a double bed with a single bunk on top.  Both types of cabins have picnic tables and a fire pit outside. 

Statewide FAQ

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