Champoeg State Heritage Area
Located on the banks of the Willamette River, Champoeg State Heritage Area offers visitors a combination of history, nature and recreation. While offering a beautiful setting for a range of present day recreational pursuits, Champoeg State Park was also established to commemorate the organization of the Oregon Provisional Government at a settlers’ meeting held within the present park boundaries on May 2, 1843.
“If it wasn’t for Champoeg… we wouldn’t have a Sesquicentennial at all.” Barbara Sidway, Chair, Oregon 150 Committee
The park presents a unique opportunity for public education as it enjoys 339, 944 day-use visitors each year. It is also in a prime location for visits by area schools.
The Oregon State Parks Foundation successfully raised $205,000 to update interpretive displays at the visitor center. OSPF worked closely with the Friends of Historic Champoeg with a goal of completing the restoration work in time for Oregon’s 150th anniversary of statehood on February 14, 2009.
The updated interpretive displays provide visitors with a better understanding of the historic significance of the Champoeg area and its role in the settlement of the Willamette Valley. Housed in an agrarian style building near the entrance of the park, the visitor center improvements also included a new roof, paint, and a new heating/cooling system.