Willamette Mission State Park

The park occupies land where the first mission for American Indians was founded in 1834 by the Reverend Jason Lee. Members of the Methodist Mission were later active in the formation of Oregon government. A landing for the Wheatland Ferry — the first to carry the covered wagon across the Willamette River in 1844 — is in the park.

The park also offers many daytime opportunities for boaters, anglers and other users. Some of Willamette Mission’s 1,680 acres hold filbert and walnut orchards. The nation’s largest black cottonwood is in the park (it’s older than the U.S.; it’s been around for over 250 years). There are grassy meadows surrounded by an array of flowers, plants and trees. For those who enjoy water, there’s Mission Lake and the Willamette River.

  • ADA accessible
  • Fee required for parking
  • Interpretive signage

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