Willamette Mission State Park

  Construction Advisory 03/05/19
Mission Lake Boat Ramp access is open for paddlers but docks are closed for construction work. Dock repair should be completed by June 2019. Please call park office at 503-393-1172 for more information.
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 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 Rev. 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
  • Note: Trails flood during heavy rainstorms in winter and spring. Check the Park Alerts at the top of this page for updates. 

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 (no showers).
  • Four spacious horse campsites feature corrals for four horses. 

Disc Golf

  • The Wheatland Disc Golf Course features 18 holes that weave through a hazelnut grove. 

For more information and a park map, download the brochure