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Champoeg State Heritage Area

About Champoeg State Heritage Area

Champoeg features a unique combination of history, nature, and recreation. This is the site where Oregon’s first provisional government was formed by a historic vote in 1843. Situated on the south bank of the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg’s acres of forest, fields, and wetlands represent the landscape of a bygone era.

One of Oregon's earliest parks, the project upgrades outlined below will continue to keep the park a prime camping destination.


Camping is popular statewide and the project underway at Champoeg will add more campsites to the north Willamette Valley, as well as upgrade old and outdated utilities.

  • Add additional RV sites, cabins, and a restroom/shower building.
  • Upgrade electrical and water supply systems.

Short-term visitor impact

To be determined after design phase


  • Feasibility Assessment Phase -- 90 percent complete.
    • Utility and park system assessments
    • Cultural and ecological assessments
    • Terrain and land use evaluations

Next steps

  • Analyze all the completed assessments for design development.
  • Design camping locations based on feasibility assessments.
The current general obligation bond estimate is $4-5 million.

Last updated December 2023. Additional updates as information becomes available.

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General Obligation Bonds Overview

The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed SB 5506 that approved general obligation bonds to revitalize parks and campgrounds. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a preliminary list of projects in November 2021.

The project at Champoeg State Heritage Area was one of the projects approved to receive funds from bond sales.

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