CROC returns to Champoeg State Park for another night orienteering event. Plan on both fine map reading with a dense area of trails, and some longer runs through the wide-open spaces of this large park. Expect to get a bit muddy, and enjoy the extra challenge of wayfinding at night.
There is a $5 day use fee for all Oregon state parks. Please pay this at the pay station when you enter the park. This is in addition to the CROC event fee. (You can get a one-year Oregon State Park pass for $30, or a two year pass for $50, both valid at this event.)
You will receive a map when you register, so you have some advance time to plan your route.
We are starting a bit before it gets completely dark, so you have a chance to find a few controls and get familiar with the map before full darkness. (For those of you who love night orienteering, you will still have more than an hour on the 90 minute course in full darkness.)
Please bring: 1) a quality flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries, 2) a watch, 3) clothing appropriate for the weather (and maybe a change of clothes for the drive home).
Beginners are welcome at this and all CROC events. We'll have free beginner clinics as needed prior to the start.
The event start and finish is at the RV group camp area, on the east side of the park. Look for signs directing you to the start area when you enter
Registration 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Beginner clinics 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm as needed
Mass start 6:30 pm sharp
Course closes 7:30 pm for 60 minute runners, 8:00 for 90 minute runners. (Volunteers appreciated for control flag pickup afterwards, hint hint, see more below.)
All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.
If you register for the 60 minute event and arrive at the finish after 60 minutes, you will automatically be moved to the 90 minute category.
This event will be in score-O format. Teams have 60 or 90 minutes to find as many controls as possible, in any order. Points are deducted for arriving at the finish after 90 minutes, so don't be late! Electronic scoring will be used. More on electronic scoring
Example map from a previous event
See a map of a previous event here. (Opens Google Drive in a new browser tab)
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 still run your course of choice and help out
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 via the email link at the top of this page if you'd like to help out with this event.
For more details, see the volunteer pages.
Results are posted to our Events and Results page a few days after the event.
Registration and other costs
The event is open to the public.
Note: If you join CROC at this event as a new member ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.
Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.
Fees for this event are:
$7 - individual (base rate)
+$5 - any additional persons in your group
+$5 - non-orienteering club member
+$5 - epunch rental
youth groups / scout groups: $10 per team
Directions and Map to event
Latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) of the event. Copy/paste these into a smart phone mapping app or Google maps to get a map and driving directions.
From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).
Follow the signs to Champoeg Park: Drive west on Ehlen Road. Go about 3.6 miles.
Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.
Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.
Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.
NOTE: There is a self-registration station at the park entrance where you can pay the per-vehicle daily use fee. ($5