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“Close camping trip to take the kids with some history to boot” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Champoeg State Heritage Park

Champoeg State Heritage Park
Off US 99W, Newberg, OR
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Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Newberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Close camping trip to take the kids with some history to boot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Weekends in summer are packed so try May or September and you will have a lot of space. Nice size camp sites. Interesting early settler historical walk as well as nice bike path along river to general store that sells great ice cream.

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Keizer, Oregon
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“Great Camping Especially for Big Rigs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Champoeg is situated between Salem and Portland, Oregon. The closest sizable cities are Newberg and Wilsonville both about 10 minutes away. I have been camping here or utilizing the State Park for Day Use for 20 years. From a fun and interesting perspective there is a Frisbee Disc golf course, Historical tours, fishing/boating on the Willamette River, hiking and biking trails and you may be lucky enough to stay on a weekend when the locals have a car show, or some other fun day use attraction. There is also a Radio Controlled model airplane airport 2 miles away right by the little historic town of Butteville. The model airplane pilots encourage you to come on out and watch the action and the Butteville Historic Store offers great food with an authentic historic atmosphere.

The camping area is divided into the A loop which is the oldest loop with smaller spaces and many trees, and the B loop which is much newer and wide open; therefore, big rig friendly. Both loops have Yurts, Tents, and RV spots and the B loop even had really cool cabins. Our RV spot was $24/night for May – September and you’re allowed to stay up to 14 contiguous nights. If you’re an Oregon disabled veteran you can apply for an exemption which gives you free 10 nights per month with 5 contiguous nights maximum. You must apply for the exemption before arriving so you have your exemption card. Our site was an ADA site with a wider patio pad, 50 amp service, water and sewage. We were able to easily receive DirecTV satellite and I would say most B loop spaces would be good for satellite reception. To reserve a site you have to use www.reserveamerica.com or call Reserve America. This has been one of my favorite parks for 20 years due to the day use picnic areas, disc golf, great trails, nice large campsites and super friendly and helpful rangers and volunteers.

Visited May 2013
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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“Great historical site and nice walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Where decision was (it is claimed) made to have Oregon territory join U.S. instead of U.K. Site of ambitious development of town that might have been major city in Oregon. Streets were laid out with French names. Then the Willamette flooded ....

Visited July 2012
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Portland, OR
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“Another world 30 minutes from Portland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The name Champoeg is actually an old American Indian tribe not a French name as I first thought. This great state park located on the Willamette river is where a thriving port city once was before a great flood washed away the entire town. There are hiking trials through the site of the old town with markers indicating actual street locations. The park grounds are beautiful and there are two choices for campgrounds. Loop A is a classic old state park site with huge trees and close campsites. Loop B is newer and more spacious but not as overgrown with trees.

Visited May 2013
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Lafayette, Oregon
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“Rich history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

If you're an interested student of Oregon history, this is a place worth checking out as it is the site where the first provisional government in Oregon was formed. If you come in August, you can do a little blackberry picking as you explore this great park.

Visited July 2012
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