Encompassing more than 1,600 acres of woodland, wetland, farmland, and rolling meadows, Willamette Mission State Park allows visitors to explore a diverse array of Oregon's natural scenery. Established as a mission in 1834, these days, the park offers easy access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. And with a dog-friendly policy and an off-leash exercise area for pets, it's well worth a visit with your canine pal.
Of course, how you spend your time in Willamette Mission State Park is entirely up to you. You could try to catch a glimpse of the many varieties of birds along the Willamette River, cast a line to target a variety of fish species, enjoy lunch in a well-shaded picnic area, or go exploring by foot, bicycle, or on horseback. With five miles of bike trails and seven miles of horse trails, there's plenty to keep active campers entertained.
There are two lakes in the park:
However, perhaps the most remarkable feature of all is the nation’s largest black cottonwood tree. At 270 years old and with a circumference of more than 28 feet, this behemoth is a sight to behold.
Willamette Mission State Park is open for camping from May 15 to September 30. There are four overnight horse camps with corrals, and hiker/biker camping is also available. Costs vary depending on the type of site you book, with hiker/biker camping starting at $7 per person. Day-use visitors will need to pay a $5 parking fee.
Pets are more than welcome in the park, but must be kept on a leash of six feet or shorter when not confined to a tent or vehicle (except when in the off-leash exercise area). As always, make sure you dispose of your dog's waste properly.
If you can manage these simple tasks, there's nothing to stop you and your dog enjoying a memorable camping getaway!