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Historic events planned at Champoeg

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Champoeg State Historical Area is planning a number of events of special note throughout the summer.

Park visitors are invited to take a walk back through time at a Fur Trapper Encampment, planned for 10 a.m. Saturday through 4 p.m. Sunday. In the early 1800s, the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families who gathered there to trap beaver. This was the point of return — or rendezvous, as the French called it — where trappers would prepare the hides for canoe transport downriver to Fort Vancouver. Come see costumed re-enactors portray the lifestyle, work and custom of the fur trade.

This event takes place in the Riverside day use area. Admission is free with your paid $5 day pass or annual parking pass.

Celebrate State Parks Day June 7 with free fishing and camping. Traditional camping sites are free Saturday night depending on availability. Call 1-800-452-5687 for reservations. This event is in conjunction with Free Fishing Day. In cooperation with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, visitors may fish for free from the boat dock. A limited number of fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided for participants. Free day use parking is also extended.

Cemetery Sagas for the Summer Solstice will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. June 21. Individuals from the historic Champoeg era, ordinary and extraordinary, will be presented by costumed actors.

This event, which includes a tour by bus, leaves from the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and visits cemeteries in Butteville and St. Paul where multiple “persons” will appear at each location.

The 90-minute tour ends with strawberry shortcake served at the restored Donald Manson 1860s barn at Champoeg Park. Admission is $20 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 503-678-1251 Ext. 221.




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