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Fur trappers invite you to a living history encampment at Champoeg


All-day event is planned for June 8

Take a walk back through time as you visit an authentic fur trappers’ encampment. In the early 1800s, the banks of the Willamette River at Champoeg were host to fur trappers and their families who gathered there prior to heading inland to hunt and trap.

This was also the point of return or Rendezvous — as the French called it — where trappers would prepare the hides for canoe transport downriver to Fort Vancouver.

On June 8, come see costumed re-enactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade. How did they dress? What did they eat and how was it cooked? What was life like in a camp?

The all-day event at Champoeg State Heritage Area on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information or directions to Champoeg State Heritage Area, call 503-678-1251, ext. 221. You can also go to oregonstateparks.org.