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Champoeg State Heritage Area

Park History

Lands were acquired between 1943 and 1987 from the State Board of Control and other owners. Champoeg was the site of a momentous meeting of French Prairie settlers on May 2, 1843 which led to the establishment of provisional government for the Oregon Country. Here also were a Hudson's Bay Company granary and town site, destroyed by flood in 1861. It was home to steamboat landings and ferry crossings, all of historical interest. The state's original holding of one square rod of land donated by John Hoefer and Casper Zorn was established as Provisional Government Park in 1901 and was marked by a commemorative monument.

Acreage: 622.63

Annual overnight attendance: 84,854

Annual day-use attendance: 521,820

Champoeg State Heritage Area FAQ


Can I leave my car at Champoeg while I take an overnight bike trip on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway?

Yes.  You will need to check in with a ranger at the campground booth prior to leaving your car in the 'B' Loop overflow parking lot.  You will need to purchase a day pass for every day you will be parked here or have an annual pass for your car. 

What is the address of the park?

The physical address for the park is 8239 Champoeg Rd NE, Saint Paul, OR 97137.  Use this address to program into your GPS.

The mailing address for the park business office is 7679 Champoeg Rd NE, Saint Paul, OR 97137.

What's Allowed

Is there river/swimming access within the park?

The only river access within the park is at the boat dock.  Because of the strong current and unseen underwater hazards, swimming is prohibited from the dock.  Our soft surface Townsite walking trail and the eastern half of our paved biking trail that leads to the Butteville Store both provide views of the river, but no designated swimming areas as the river banks are dangerously steep.

Statewide FAQ

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