Oregon Topics: Parks and Recreation

Oregon's state park system began in 1921 as an outgrowth of state highway development. It has since grown to be one of the most popular in the nation. 

Over the decades state leaders purchased and set aside some of Oregon's most beautiful places for protection and recreation as state parks. Many new parks have been added in recent years. This guide lists key resources related to these parks as well as other recreational highlights such as national parks and monuments and scenic highways.

​​From Oregon Blue Book

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department information

Oregon Tourism Commission information

From State Agencies​​

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department​

State Fair and Expo Center

Oregon Heritage Programs

Helps protect significant historic and prehistoric sites- includes services, National Register, and related laws.

Travel Oregon​

State Lands Department  ​ ​

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department (includes fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing information) 

Oregon Fairs Association​ (includes county fair dates) 

Thompson's Mills State Heritage site
Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site, managed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)