Willamette Mission State Park has more than 1,600 acres of room to enjoy in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley. With woodlands, wetlands, sprawling meadows, and farmland, it’s no wonder that more than 275,000 people visit the park each year for its scenery and outdoor fun.
Willamette Mission State Park features several trails for all kinds of mobile activity. There are five miles of bike paths, seven miles of horse trails, a two-and-a-half-mile self-guided educational trail, a one-mile jogging loop, and some accessible paths near the Filbert Grove day-use area.
For those interested in water-based recreation, Mission Lake has a boat ramp and fishing docks. Boats are restricted to electric motors only. If you’re up to walking a little bit further, Goose Lake has excellent fishing and is open for tubing and floating. Alternatively, there is a boat ramp at the north end of the park for access to the Willamette River.
For those interested in overnight stays, visitors can enjoy the hiker/biker camp which is popular with long-distance cyclists in the region, or those with horses can stay at the equestrian camping area, which has four sites with corrals that each hold up to four horses.
Willamette Mission State Park is open for day use year-round. Camping is available between mid-May and the end of September. Day use requires a parking pass, which is $5 per day unless you are camping, then parking fees are waived in place of the camping fee.
Leashed pets are welcome at Willamette Mission State Park. Take your dog on the trails, a walk in the campground, or enjoy some free running and play time in the park’s off-leash dog area, which is near Mission Lake. As with any recreation area, be respectful of park rules, pick up pet waste, and do not allow your pet to be aggressive or bothersome to others or wildlife.
If you’re in Northern Oregon, the Willamette Valley is home to a great number of beautiful places to camp or bring your dog. Willamette Mission State Park has plenty of room to roam and things to do, so bring your dog, horse, and family for a fun day at the park.