Champoeg State Heritage Area
Riverside Day Use Area


Begins: 06/09/2018 at 10:00 AM
Ends: 06/09/2018 at 4:00 PM


Visitors can take a walk back through time as they visit an authentic fur trappers' encampment. In the early 1800's the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families. From here they embarked on great travels to trap beaver. • In their camp, walk among the tents and works stations, ask questions of the interpreters and watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade. • In June, come see costumed re-enactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade as they return from a winter of trapping and prepare and pack their hides into fur bundles ready to trade with the Hudson Bay Company downriver at Ft. Vancouver. • In September, learn what life was like for these intrepid men and their Metis wives as they gather, renew old friendships and prepare for their winter’s journey following waterways and trapping beaver. COST: Admission is free to the event with a paid $5 day use parking or an annual State Parks parking pass