CHAMPOEG STATE HERITAGE AREA
Situated on the south bank of the scenic Willamette River, Champoeg's acres of forest, fields, and wetlands recreate the landscape of a bygone era. Tour the park's visitor center, Newell House, and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museums to discover pioneer life at Champoeg. Take a guided walk to learn what happened to the bustling pioneer town of Champoeg, and how the Donald Manson Barn was built (download the park's day recreation brochure - 1.3 MB); requires Acrobat). An 1860s-style garden lies next to the visitor center.
The park also includes the Butteville General Store, which was founded by French Canadian Francis Xavier Matthieu, who played an important role in establishing the Provisional Government of Oregon at the historic Champoeg meeting of May 2, 1843. The Butteville General Store sells Italian sodas and lemonade, and rents bikes. Call (503) 678-1605 for information.
The area's history dates back to 1805 when it served as an important trading and meeting place for French Canadian trappers.
In the mid-nineteenth century, American pioneers began settling here due to its fertile soil and proximity to waterways. On May 2nd, 1843 at what is now called 'the birthplace of Oregon', settlers held a historic vote that led towards establishing provisional government laws under United States jurisdiction over British rule; essentially paving way for creation of present-day State Of Oregon.
However, disaster struck on December 2nd ,1861 when Willamette River flooded wiping out entire settlement leaving only Newell House & Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin standing today which are part of museum complex showcasing life during those times.
The location became recognized by National Park Service's National Trails System in late twentieth-century because it lies along two national historic trails: Lewis And Clark Trail & Applegate Trail.
Today visitors can explore various attractions including visitor center with exhibits about Kalapuya Indians who originally inhabited region before European contact or take guided walks through nature trail system spotting wildlife like deer or beavers while learning more about local flora/fauna from interpretive signs scattered throughout parkland.
Despite facing many challenges since inception - natural disasters such as floods/fire plus human-induced changes like urban development/agricultural expansion - this heritage area continues preserving unique cultural/natural resources offering educational/recreational opportunities benefiting future generations too!
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1. Champoeg State Park Campground: This campground offers a variety of camping options including RV sites, tent campsites, and yurts for rent. The park also has amenities such as restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.
2. Riverside Day-use Area: While not technically a campsite, this area is perfect for picnics or day trips where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without staying overnight.
3. Group Tent Camping Areas: These are ideal if you're traveling in large groups or hosting events like family reunions or company retreats.
4. Cabins & Yurts at Champoeg State Heritage Area: There are several cabins available to rent that offer more comfort than traditional tents but still allow guests to experience nature up close.
5. The Historic Butteville Store Bed & Breakfast: Located just outside the state heritage area itself but it's an option worth considering especially if your idea of 'camping' leans towards comfortable beds and home-cooked meals!
6. Bike-in Sites: For those who prefer cycling tours over driving around in cars/RVs there's bike-only access areas within the park too!