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We Oregonians love to get outside, and we invite you to join us! Whether you prefer hiking, biking, picnicking or paddling, the Mid-Willamette Valley has an adventure waiting for you. Within minutes of Monmouth are dozens of opportunities to stretch your legs, walk your dog or tucker out your young kids. Love waterfalls? Consider visiting Silverton’s Silver Falls State Park. Looking for an easy family hike? Mary’s Peak is the perfect choice. No matter what your favorite activity, WOU’s list of nearby recreation areas is sure to have something for everyone.

 

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HIKING

Discover more trail options at AllTrails.com.

BASKETT SLOUGH WILDLIFE REFUGE
10995 Hwy 22
Dallas, OR 97338
(503) 623-2749
www.fws.gov/willamettevalley/baskett

EE WILSON WILDLIFE AREA
29555 Camp Adair Road
Monmouth, OR 97361
(541) 745-5334
www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/ee_wilson_wildlife_area

LUCKIAMUTE LANDING
State Natural Area
Buena Vista Road NW
Albany, OR 97321
(800) 551-6949
www.oregonstateparks.org

WILLAMETTE RIVER TRAIL
50 C Street
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 838-1212
www.ci.independence.or.us


BIKING

Craft a custom ride using Ride Oregon’s Find a Ride feature.
View a video about cycling opportunities in Polk County, created by the Polk County Tourism Alliance.

ADAIR/INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH
Independence, OR 97351
34.4 miles; Moderate

MONMOUTH — AMITY LOOP
Monmouth, OR 97361
64.0 miles; Challenging

BROWN BONZAI LOOP
Falls City, OR 97344
4.6 miles; Varying levels of difficulty

WESTERN VALLEY: HOPS, CROPS, AND WINERY STOPS
Monmouth, OR 97344
24.0 miles; Moderate

WESTERN VALLEY: MILES OF SMILES
Salem, OR 97361
28.0 miles; Moderate

WESTERN VALLEY: RITNER CREEK COVERED BRIDGE
Monmouth, OR 97361
47.0 miles; Moderate

WESTERN VALLEY: WINGS, WINE, AND WONDER
Highway 22 @ Baskett Slough Park and Ride
54.0 miles; Challenging

View a video about cycling opportunities in Polk County, created by the Polk County Tourism Alliance.


FISHING

BUELL PARK
Mill Creek Road
Sheridan, OR 97378
(503) 623-8172
www.co.polk.or.us

BUENA VISTA PARK
Park Street
Buena Vista, OR 97351
(503) 623-8172
www.co.polk.or.us

NESMITH PARK
520 Pacific Avenue S
Adjacent to the Polk County Fairgrounds
Rickreall, OR 97371
(503) 623-8172
www.co.polk.or.us

SOCIAL SECURITY HOLE
Halls Ferry Road
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 623-8172
www.co.polk.or.us


KAYAKING/BOATING

Learn more about on-the-water options at RiverFacts.com.

BUELL COUNTY PARK TO YAMHILL RIVER
7 miles; Class I & II

BUENA VISTA TO INDEPENDENCE
11 miles; Class I & II

GRAND RONDE TO SHERIDAN
15.3 miles; Class II & III

INDEPENDENCE TO SALEM
12 miles; Class I & II

UPPER BRIDGE TO MILL CREEK COUNTY PARK
5.6 miles; Class III & IV

BUENA VISTA COUNTY PARK
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 623-8172

INDEPENDENCE BOAT RAMP
10 DeAnn Drive
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 838-1212

RIVERVIEW PARK
50 C Street
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 838-1212

 

CONTACT US

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503-838-8327 | or e-mail: registrar@wou.edu