We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Willamette Mission State Park

Address: Wheatland Rd., Salem, OR
Improve this listing
Ranked #28 of 72 things to do in Salem
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Attraction details
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotels near Willamette Mission State Park

Write a Review

19 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Salem, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My boyfriend loves to fish here and I hold it as one of my favorite locations for shooting senior pictures. It is gorgeous and hardly ever packed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Oregon
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We get a yearly state Park pass and visit many times during the year. There are miles of hiking, biking and horse riding paths close to Salem. It's located on the Willamette Rive and has great views of the river. You can see birds, eagles, squirrels and occasionally a deer. There are numerous picnicking tables and roofed group picnicking areas.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We were there on a very hot day so didn't stay long and walk as much as we had planned. We walked down to the memorial to the old mission and had a picnic at one of the many tables in the park. Would like to go back and walk more of the trails.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukie, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Less than an hour south of Portland is this beautiful park located at the site of the first mission for Native Americans in the west in 1834. There is something for the entire family including hiking, picnicing, fishing, Frisbee golf, horse back riding trails and bike trails. The boat ramp for Mission Lake is part of the park facilities. You... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Wilsonville, Oregon
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not much to see or really hike around the area. Flat land, I guess I was looking for a little more for a hike. Nice area to get away from city.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We spent Father's Day at the park with about 30 of our family members. We rented a covered area with sinks and electricity. We truly had a great time. Many, many paths and trails, ponds, streams, birds and other animals. You feel out in nature and the park is tastefully maintained. It is easy to spend the entire day exploring... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Keizer, Oregon
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Not amazing in the way of history, but a great place to walk the dog, run or ride bikes. Lots of horse trails and camp, tent camping and bike camp as well. Right on the Willamette River, but not great access. Best access is on the north end of the park. Wheatland ferry, day use area and boat ramp are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Salem, Oregon
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I love to ride our bikes in this park. Lots of biking trails and we love the scenery. We also have kayaked in the lake which has easy access to by the boat ramp. This is a historic place where Jason Lee, the founder of Salem, built his first house. A skeleton frame house now marks the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

History of Oregon settlement here is very interesting. Quiet laid back park, beautiful trees, lovely trails. Great cycling.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This park is the site of the original Willamette Mission, which eventually became Willamette University. You can see steel frame outlines of the former mission buildings. The park is full of walnut, chestnut and hazelnut trees, which you can pick up if you are so inclined in fall. There's a trail from the generous dog park down to the ferry... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed Willamette Mission State Park also viewed


Been to Willamette Mission State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Willamette Mission State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?