Late Winter Hike along the Willamette River


Colorful wildflowers and many songbirds – – – it must be getting close to springtime.

Champoeg Park is on the Willamette River about 20 miles south of Portland. By a vote of 52-50 in 1843 by the settlers of the area, Oregon became a provisional territory of the United States.

There was a city at Champoeg (cham-poo-e’) at one time, but several floods in the late 1800s destroyed most of the buildings. Being smart settlers, they moved to higher ground.

As I parked at the rest area during early March, concrete skies and off-and-on drizzle welcomed my arrival.

I began by taking a short loop to the west along the River. After returning to an historical pavilion, I hiked easterly on a cinder path, which soon turned to a paved lane along the River.

After a detour to an 1845 pioneer woman’s gravesite, I explored a nature hike loop.

Then began the two-mile trek behind La Butte to Butteville, a scenic little town on the Willamette River. After taking a break at the Butteville Store, originally opened in 1863, I began the return to the Trailhead.

All in all the hike was was a very pleasant 8 1/2 miles in length.

Bewick's Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Toothworts hosting a visit by a fly

Toothworts hosting a visit by a fly

Wetland along the trail

Wetland along the trail

Violet

Violet

Very large Cottonwoods along the trail

Very large Cottonwoods along the trail

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel on the run

Fox Squirrel on the run

Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Stream Violet

Stream Violet

Cottonwoods reflected in the Willamette River

Cottonwoods reflected in the Willamette River

Fence row

Fence row

 

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