Park is open for day use 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with reduced services:
Now accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance. See below for details on reduced services.
The information below pertains to pre-COVID-19 operations.
Champoeg features a unique combination of history, nature, and recreation. This is the site where Oregon's first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. Situated on the south bank of the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg's acres of forest, fields, and wetlands recreate the landscape of a bygone era. Tour the park's visitor center, Newell House, and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museums to discover pioneer life at Champoeg. Take a guided walk to learn what happened to the bustling pioneer town of Champoeg, and how the Donald Manson Barn was built. An 1860s-style garden lies behind the visitor center.
Champoeg State Heritage Area is on the National Register of Historic Places. For this reason, drones and metal detectors are not allowed anywhere in the park. For additional information, contact Park Manager, John Mullen, at 503-970-8545 or email@example.com.
The park also includes the Historic Butteville Store founded in 1863. It is possibly the oldest operating store in Oregon. The store is the last commercial vestige of the once thriving Willamette River community of Butteville. On the first & third Saturdays, dinner seating begins at 6 PM, and live music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Limited seating reservations are available by calling the store directly at 503-678-1605. You can view the entire season Live Music schedule by going to the store website at: www.butteville.org
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.
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.
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.
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.