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The idea of a greenway uniting the Willamette River started with then-gubernatorial candidate Bob Straub in 1966. While he didn't win the election that year, the person who did -- Tom McCall -- supported the idea, and the Willamette Greenway program was endorsed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967 and 1973. Straub went on to become governor in 1975. Governors McCall and Straub supported a plan for preservation, public access, and long-term recreational use of the Willamette River, and the greenway grew between 1972 and 1985. Oregon Public Broadcasting produced a video segment about the greenway history. Watch the video
Approximately 83 parcels totaling more than 3,800 acres are designated Willamette River Greenway properties. Several state parks along the Willamette River are part of the greenway.
Annual day-use attendance: 283,228
Willamette River Greenway FAQ
In some greenway areas, hunting and trapping are allowed with restrictions. For the most current list of open and closed areas and restrictions, visit the Administrative Rules section of the Oregon Secretary of State website. Look for Division 10 section 736-010-0055 (7). http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_700/oar_736/736_010.html
Hunters and trappers must comply with the rules and regulations of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - http://www.dfw.state.or.us/.