What a surprise this Oregon State Historical Park was for us! Located about half way between Salem and Portland, Champoeg is located along the banks of the Willamette River. Champoeg is full of history, namely the site of the historical vote that declared Oregon as part of the Union. A hands-on, informative visitor's center, a working 1800's farm, barn dances, a museum, gift shop, river access and boat dock, disc golf course and hiking and biking trails all make Champoeg a great place to stay for a few days. We especially enjoyed the Historic Butteville Store, which has been in operation since the mid 1800's. The store offersnovelties in addition to Tillamook ice cream, freshly baked pies and a few groceries. The building offers a brief tour of the history of the site and the role of the store through the century. A wooded bike/walking path runs from the entrance of the park to the Historic Butteville Store, located about 2 miles east of the campground. The large campground is comprised of 2 loops, a group RV site and a group tent site. The A and B Loops are very different. A loop is shaded by giant oaks, giving the feeling of a southern homestead, while sites in the B loop offer pretty scenery with open skies and more a prairie feel. We enjoyed the more spacious sites in loop B, allowing plenty of room to set up camp and kids to play. All interior roads and pads are nicely paved and sites offer electric hookups. The park is nicely maintained with clean showers and restrooms. Cabins and yurts are also available for those without camping gear.
Best Sites: A10, A12, A14, A16, A18, B3, B5, B7, B9, B11-B16
Poor Sites: A21, A25, A27, A29, A33
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes