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Champoeg campsite
Our home in the campground

Just south of Portland, Oregon, is a place where you can walk and bike on multi-use scenic trails along the Willamette River, visit the Pioneer Garden next to the Visitor Center, camp out in your tent or RV for a week or more, and get an ice cream bar at the historic Butteville Store, considered the oldest operating store in Oregon – these are just a few of the things you can do here whether you stay a day or a week.

This place is called Champoeg State Heritage Area and includes a campground as well as a large day-use area.  Dinah and I spent a couple of days here, walking the paths, checking out the pioneer toys in the Visitor Center, and just relaxing in Li’l Homey, snug among the trees.  It was a nice get-away after being so sick for so long.  It’s where my soul continued its journey back to life.  It’s where I began to breathe again.

It’s a great place to camp in the summer – take the whole family, meet up with some friends, get a big ol’ fire going in the fire ring, and make some s’mores.  Just remember to get your reservations for a spot early because it’s a very popular place during the summer!

It’s also a fantastic place to go for the day – hundreds of acres full of trails for hiking and biking, frisbee/disc golf courses, picnic tables and nature.  No reservations required!

Oh, and these days, it’s usually pronounced “sham-POO-ee” (although the Maps app on my phone says something like “cham-peg”) – click here to find out more about the name and the different ways it’s been pronounced over the years.

Go out and have some fun!  Enjoy a little R&R in nature!

Flock of geese in the distance
Flock of geese way off in the distance – click to view
The grass is blooming!
The grass is blooming!

I didn’t take very many pictures because it was grey and overcast while we were there but if you want to see more of the park in the summer season, click here.


Champoeg – an Oregon Gem
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2 thoughts on “Champoeg – an Oregon Gem

  • May 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for sharing. I knew you were there, but didn’t think about it as a great place to go for a day of hiking and enjoying nature! One has to love Oregon, there are SO many places to enjoy, even if it is a cloudy day.

    • May 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

      When it gets warmer, we could plan a picnic there, Lorna! Invite a bunch of friends! We’d have fun!

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