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Willamette Mission State Park

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This meet is the final of four in CROC's Summer Classic Series.  See current and final standings here.

Event Overview

Willamette Mission Park is a 1,680-acre state park with many miles of running trails winding along the Willamette River, backwater sloughs, and agricultural fields. The park is very accessible, yet large enough to give participants a feeling of "getting out there." There is a nice mix of paved paths, open farm fields, and wooded "thickets" to explore. The terrain is flat and looks open, but most of the orienteering route choices will include trails due to blackberry thickets or other dense vegetation or cultivated land which may or may not be planted. The advanced course will be designed with the challenge of multiple route choices for most legs, and will be a little longer than typical due to the flat terrain.

Due to enthusiastic stinging nettles in parts of the course, wearing long pants or running tights is highly recommended.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.


Intermediate Skills Workshop

Intermediate workshops are for people who want to improve their navigation skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to a course of your choice.

Topic: Handrails, Attack Points, and Pace Counting

Learn how to find and follow terrain handrails to locate controls, while counting paces so you always know where you are. There will be several group exercises, and an exercise in pairs.



  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  • Intermediate workshop: 10:00 am to 10:45ish
  • Course starts for individuals and teams anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.



  • White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12-14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)
  • Green:  Advanced (about 5 to 6 Km, 15-20 controls, mostly off trail navigation)

Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet.



All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks
  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.



Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.


Registration and other costs

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. 

These fees do not include any extra daily use fee charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. 

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member
  • +$5 - epunch rental
  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch



Meet director: Brian Hauck



The park area is about 10 miles north of Salem OR.


Click the coordinates for a Google map, or copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

Earlier Event: July 15
Starts for Sprints/Races
Later Event: August 11
Mapping Fieldwork