Here in Oregon, we're passionate about our natural resources - which are nothing short of spectacular. Our mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts and beaches have provided Oregonians with decades of enjoyment, exploration, adventure and memories that are the foundation of our Pacific Northwest legacy.
There are 197 state parks that embody this legacy with locations in every corner of our breathtaking state and are some of the most popular in the U.S. with more than 40 million combined visits per year.
State parks are special place where people play, picnic, camp, rest, hike, renew, and everything in between. They are an everyday reminder of the things that make Oregon great, and their very existence is a testament to what we collectively value. That's why Oregonians chose for Lottery funds to help support our state parks.
Oregon State Parks
The mission of the Oregon State Parks department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. The department operates Oregon's state parks through a headquarters staffed in Salem and field regions. It's also responsible for Oregon's Recreation Trails, the Ocean Shores Recreation Area, Scenic Waterways and the Willamette River Greenway. For a wealth of information about a park near you or all over Oregon simply click or tap to visit the Oregon State Park's website.
Smith Rock State Park
Just outside Bend, the 650 acre Smith Rock State Park protects a sanctuary of majestic rock spires that rise above the winding Crooked River. Many believe that Smith Rock is named in honor of John Smith, a Linn County lawman or Pvt. Volk Smith a soldier who fell to his death in the park during a battle with the Northern Paiute in 1863. Average annual attendance at the park numbers more than 750,000 visits. Learn more and watch the video at this link or download the brochure.