Champoeg State Park, Oregon

June 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I have always appreciated the time and money that Oregon puts into its State Parks and I really love that almost all the campgrounds have hookups of some sorts and almost all of them can be reserved in advance!    I rarely have been disappointed visiting any of their parks and camping at Champoeg (yes even the GPS pronounced it wrong - it is shampoo-EE sounding) did not disappoint.   

Again, I have virtually no pictures of the actual campground but since you can reserve your spots using ReserveAmerica.Com you can see each spot anyway as well as the map of the campground.   I stayed in spot A28 and will say that the A loop is the place to be.   Lots of shade trees and really nice spots.   Be aware if you aren't, that the spot lengths on the reservation system are total length - so if you have a trailer and truck allow for both or plan to park tow vehicle (or toad if you have one) in another spot.     

Park staff and the Loop A hosts were super friendly and helpful and I did have to take advantage of the helpfulness of the host one day as I had issues with power at my spot.   MY issues mind you but still.

Something to note is that the power at the spots on the 120 hookups is only 15 amps.   However most spots also have a 30 amp hookup  (check on the reservation site and it will say).   I did have issues with one of my internal reset switches flipping most likely from surges on the 30 amp but that was only a few times and mostly once the campground was full.  Go figure that is just my uneducated assessment.

My spot also was not level side to side and required about 1.5 (I used 2) blocks under the tires on the side.   No biggy either.    

The park is super dog friendly (on 6' leashes) with tons of trails not only for biking but also some trails for hiking only.    It was about a 15 minute hike down to the docks on the river and many trails in general all around the park.   Quiet hours are 10-7 and I have to say, for as many people as were there (it was full over the weekend) it was truly quiet at 10 p.m.!

This park is HUGE and has many events during the summer season which generally are wayyyy at the other end of the park in the day use area.    There is also a large frisbee golf course as well in the middle of the park and numerous historical markers.   The bike trail will also take you the 2.5 miles from the campground to the little town and general store (make sure it is open if you need something) at Butteville.

Yurts and cabins are also available for rental and the group (loop B) area also had horse shoe pits.    To see all of the amenities, go to the park website HERE as I'm sure I've missed some.   You can make reservations at ReserveAmerica.Com - I give this park a 5 out of 5 stars and it will be one I return too.  There are many places to go explore from this location and I was lucky to also be close to 3 friends a a couple relatives so was able to visit as well!   Bonus!    Maybe next time I'll actually take some park pictures but here are a few from the trails and our walks around the park!

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