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“Great place for a large get together”

Willamette Mission State Park
Ranked #26 of 80 things to do in Salem
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place for a large get together”
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

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 the park. Highly recommend for family gatherings.

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Salem, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lots of trails. ”
Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

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 there.

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Salem, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great place to have a picnic!”
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 location of this site. If the weather is nice, this is a great place to come, picnic, relax, enjoy the scenery and all your avian friends.

Visited May 2014
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Salem, Oregon, United States
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“wonderful oregon state park”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

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

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Another neat park”
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 which is lined with tasty blackberries in summer, and you can swim near the ferry when the water is warm and slow in summer. Ospreys reside here in several places, and in winter it's not unusual to see some flooding. Sometimes the flooding is extensive enough to close the ferry. If you are a horse lover, there is a large horse area and horse trails. I've seen civil war reenactments, Society for Creative Anachronism gatherings, and lots of families on bikes and picnics in this park. Aside from the old mission, it's claim to fame is the largest cottonwood tree, easily viewed from trails or the dog park. There are fishing spots, but the lake is a messy bog in summer. On the way in, there are lovely berry, hops, nursury and other farms in action.

Visited August 2013
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