Willamette Mission State Park

Near Salem, Oregon, United States

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The park is open for day-use with reduced services. The horse camp is also open by reservation only (oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com). Group camp and group picnic areas remain closed. 


Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Willamette Mission State Park has more than 1,300 acres of woodlands interspersed with wetlands, lakes rolling meadows and farmland. Whether you lean toward bird watching along the Willamette River, picnicking in shady orchards, wetting a line or enjoying the scenery by foot, bicycle or horseback, this park has it all.

The park is the site of the Willamette Mission Station established 1834 by Rev. Jason Lee. The mission marked the first organized Euro-American enterprise and community in the Willamette Valley.  The Mission Trail leads to a viewing area across lake.

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
  • 6 miles of horse trails
  • 2 ½ mile self-guided education trail
  • 1 mile Mission Trail and 1 mile Jogging Loop
  • Note: Trails flood during heavy rainstorms in winter and spring. Check Park Web page for Closures. 

The Lakes

  • Mission Lake has a boat ramp and ADA fishing docks (electric motors and paddle craft only)
  • Goose Lake is a primitive access, but those willing to trek can find good fishing (watercraft walk-in only).

The River

  • The Willamette River can be accessed by boat and bank, near Wheatland Ferry at Willamette Mission River Boat Ramp and North Access.  Call or visit Park Office for watertrail overnight permit required if shuttling.

Camping and Picnicking

  • Three reservable picnicking sites for large groups up to 150, include picnic shelters, tables, electricity, water, and restrooms. Park Manager approval required for over 150 people, event or equipment staging.
  • Beaver Island Group Camp is a Tent Camp for up to 100 tent campers, includes fire ring, tables, water and outhouse, with distant restroom building; No showers, power or shelter.
  • Horse Camp is a Seasonal camp, open June 1 - September 30 by reservation-only in a Day Use park with changing season hours, gate closing.  It has four spacious sites, each with four stalls, fire ring, two tables.

Disc Golf

  • The Wheatland Disc Golf Course features 18 holes that weave through a hazelnut grove. 
  • Fairway Map and Scorecards are available at Disc Golf Trailhead.

For more information and a park map, download the brochure

Park Overview mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-tent Open for camping May 15 – Sep 30
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-393-1172
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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.