Celebrating 100 Years of Oregon State Parks

When Oregon Trail pioneer Sarah Helmick donated part of her family homestead for use as a park, she accomplished more than her simple goal of preserving a place of great beauty for future generations. By donating acreage along the Luckiamute River in Polk County, she did something so much bigger—Sarah shared a visionary idea that eventually turned into our state park system.

Today, Oregon State Parks consist of more than 250 parks, heritage sites, waysides, and recreation areas. These are the places of iconic beauty that bring out Oregonians’ passions—passion for the environment, for recreation, for contemplation, and for the landscapes that make Oregon, well, Oregon.

This year marks the Oregon State Parks Centennial. We’re proud to continue to support our second-to-none state parks system with Oregon Lottery funds. Because of your lottery play, our parks are ready to continue to serve us all into their next century.


State Parks, Heritage Sites, Recreation Areas and More

A man sits on shore and contemplates Lake Wallowa

Wallowa Lake State Park

Kayaker using the accessible Kayak Launch at Milo McIver State Park

Milo McIver State Park

Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park

Oregon State Capitol in late summer

State Capitol State Park

Thompson's Mills State Historic Site

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site

Fall foliage on the shore of Wallowa Lake
This landscape [Iwetemlaykin] is the cradle of our existence. It’s a spot where visitors can enjoy, breath in and bear witness to the history and culture of this land.
— Keith Soy Redthunder, Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce More About Iwetemlaykin
illustration of state parks campsite

See All State Parks Projects

Want to see all the State Parks grants and loans supported by Lottery dollars in your county? Or even across the state?

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Qualifying for Funding — Oregon Parks & Rec

In addition to funding our state parks, Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) grants lottery-backed funds to local communities and organization for recreational facilities and heritage programs.