Nature & Parks

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

The 2,796-acre refuge offers excellent wildlife observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands and oak/ash forest, raised boardwalks, interpretive exhibits and observation/photography blinds. Most of the interior of the refuge is closed to public entry while the geese are in residence from Oct. 1-Mar. 31.
2301 Wintel Rd.
Jefferson, OR 97352
503-588-2701 or 541-757-7236

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

The 2,558-acre refuge offers excellent wildlife observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands, upland prairies and oak/ash forest and interpretive exhibits. Home to several threatened and endangered species. Most of the refuge interior is closed to public entry while the geese are in residence from Oct. 1-Mar. 31.
10995 Hwy. 22
Dallas, OR 97338
503-623-2749 or 541-757-7236

Bush's Pasture Park ~ Kite Flying

Originally the Bush family's estate, this 90-acre city park includes the Bush House Museum and Conservatory, public rose gardens, playgrounds, trails, and other amenities.
600 Mission St.
Salem, OR 97302
503-363-4714
www.SalemArt.org or www.cityofsalem.net

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Full hookups, electrical, tent sites, rustic cabins, hiker/biker camp, group picnic areas, visitors center, historical attractions, meeting hall, amphitheater, hiking/biking trails and disc golf.
7679 Champoeg Rd. NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137
503-678-1251 or 800-452-5687(camping reservations)

Dallas City Park

Park St. or Brandvold entrances
Dallas, OR 97338
503-623-4932 or 503-623-2564

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

Full hookups, electrical, tent sites, visitor center, two mooring docks, fishing dock, wildlife viewing area, two playgrounds, two designated swimming areas and an ADA fishing dock.
44000 N Santiam Hwy. SE
Detroit, OR 97342
503-854-3346 or
800-452-5687 (camping reservations)
www.oregonstateparks.org

Keizer Rapids Park ~ Big Toy Build

Disc golf, Big TOY playground, outdoor amphitheater with reserved seating for 400, sand volleyball court, disc golf, two dog parks, fishing, cycling, boat ramp on Willamette River, river access camping.
930 Chemawa Rd. NE
Keizer, OR 97303
503-856-3441

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Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area

Rivers, paddles, ponds and trails - Luckiamute Landing is nature's water park. The North Trailhead opens nearly 3 miles of hiking trails. Approximately five miles from Oregon 99W/Suver Road intersection.
Independence, OR 97351
503-393-1172 or 800-551-6949

Minto-Brown Island Park

This 900-acre natural area features 12 miles of paved and soft-surface walking/bicycle trails, a reservable picnic shelter, dog park and acres of crops dedicated to feed the wildlife. Park: 5 a.m.-midnight; Office: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2200 Minto Island Rd. (located off of River Rd. S)
Salem, OR 97302
503-588-6261

North Santiam River

The North Santiam River is a 92-mile (148 km) tributary of the Santiam River in western Oregon in the Cascade Range on the eastern side of the Willamette Valley east of Salem.
Blocked by Big Cliff Dam near Mill City, the lower North Santiam River supports spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead. In the reaches upstream of the dam, the river is managed mainly as a stocked-trout fishery. Near the stream's source at Santiam Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, native cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout are also found.
Travel Salem
503-581-4325

North Santiam State Park

Popular steelhead fishing spot on the North Santiam River. Primitive campground and day-use area with drinking fountain and restroom facilities. Picnic tables, hiking trails, large old-growth trees. Rapids for experienced kayakers and boaters lie just below North Santiam State Park, including "The Weasel" - a whirlpool like feature popular with squirt boaters.
Off Hwy. 22
Lyons, OR 97342
503-854-3406
 

Riverview Park

4381 Silver Falls Hwy.
Silverton, OR  97381
503-873-8679

Salem's Riverfront Park

With acres of open green space, walking paths, and beautiful views of the Willamette River, this downtown event park is available for group use, concerts, and community festivals. Park: 5 a.m.-midnight; Office: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
200 Water St. NE (downtown Salem)
Salem, OR 97301
503-588-6261

Silver Creek Reservoir, Silverton, Oregon

Silver Creek Reservoir also known as Silverton Reservoir is a sixty-five-acre impoundment on Silver Creek located in the Cascade foothills 2.5 miles southeast of the city of Silverton, Oregon on Oregon Route 214.
The lake is popular in the spring and summer as a recreation area. Stocked with roughly 20,000 hatchery trout each spring and early summer, the lake also provides opportunities to catch bullhead catfish. Swimming is also quite popular on warm summer days as well as recreational boating, though only electric motors are allowed.
4381 Silver Falls Hwy.
Silverton, OR  97381
503-873-8679
www.silverton.or.us

Silver Falls State Park

Electrical, tent sites, rustic cabins, waterfalls, group tent areas, group RV areas, youth camp, horse camp, canyon hiking trails, bike paths and a historic lodge.
20024 Silver Falls Hwy. SE
Sublimity, OR 97385
503-873-8681 or
800-452-5687 (camping reservations)

The Willamette River

The Willamette (Will-am-it) River, the largest river in Oregon, runs through Salem and Marion & Polk Counties. Many species of fish and wildlife make the river their home and provide a great sightseeing experience.

503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Kayakering at Wallace Marine Park

A 114.45 acre park located in West Salem. Home to one of the best sports facilities in the Northwest the park is also a focal point for water sport enthusiasts. A boat ramp and floating boat docks provide access to the Willamette River. 
200 Glen Creek Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304
503-588-6261

Willamette Mission State Park

Group RV/tent horse camping, bike and equestrian trails, historic sites, nation's largest Black Cottonwood Tree, and spacious group picnic areas.
10991 Wheatland Rd. NE
Gervais, OR 97026
800-551-6949

Within the boundaries of the Capitol grounds exist hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers providing a dazzling display for all seasons. This park and mall is one of Oregon's newest State Parks and includes the new Oregon World War II Memorial with a 33-foot-tall, 15-ton obelisk. Brochures available in the Capitol.
900 Court St. Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1388

Breitenbush Hot Springs

PO Box 578 (mailing)
Detroit, OR 97342
503-854-3320

Opal Creek Ancient Forest

Jawbone Flats
End of Forest Road 2209
Willamette National Forest
503-892-2782