Friends of Historic Champoeg
Champoeg State Heritage Area offers recreation, history and nature on 615 acres of rustic forests, fields and wetlands. It is part of a historic prairie that long has been a gathering place for the people who have lived here. First, native people came here to hunt and gather food and trade with other tribes. By the early 1800s, French Canadian fur trappers moved into the area and traded with the Native Americans on the open prairie. In the early 1840s, American settlers arrived over the Oregon Trail and established farms and a bustling frontier town called Champoeg which eventually was wiped away in a devastating 1861 flood.
Today Champoeg is a state heritage area, conveniently located between Portland and Salem, Oregon, that offers interpretive programs based in Native, Hudson Bay Company, and pioneer cultures for visitors of all ages. Plus, there are living history special events and recreational opportunities for hiking and biking, bird and wildlife watching, and camping.
Champoeg State Heritage Area is not funded by Oregon income tax dollars. That’s why your support is so vital to our success. Champoeg public programs and events are fully funded by people like you. Support the Friends of Historic Champoeg which funds education and interpretive programs, or become a volunteer