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Willamette Mission State Park


This meet is part of CROC's Summer Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.

Quick info

  • Date: Sat. June 8 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Willamette Mission State Park north of Salem

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels

  • Meet Director: Alison Crocker

Event Overview

Willamette Mission Park is a 1,680-acre state park with many miles of trails winding along the Willamette River, backwater sloughs, and agricultural fields. 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.

We use an electronic scoring timing and scoring system known as “e-punch”. Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch finger-stick. If you don't have your own finger-stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.


  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction open to all! 10:30 and 11:00 am

  • Intermediate Workshop: 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m  (details below)

  • Course starts anytime between 11 am and 1 pm

  • Courses close at 3:00 pm (controls will be picked up)

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.

Intermediate Skills Workshop

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

Route Choice, and Re-Locating Yourself

We’ll evaluate route choices that work best for your orienteering skills, and we’ll practice re-locating yourself on the map when you’re not sure where you are. Okay, when you’re lost, doggone it. We’ll be in a group, so you won’t be lost forever.



  • White:  Beginner (about 3 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3-4 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 km, off-trail and on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 6 km, some trail, mostly off-trail navigation)

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PAYMENT IS BY CASH OR CHECK ONLY; we are not set up to accept credit/debit cards on site at this time.

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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 

For descriptions of volunteer jobs, see the Volunteer pages. Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. 



Results, split times and Winsplits link are posted to the Events & Results web page a day or two after the event.


Meet Director: Alison Crocker


Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.0797, -123.0306

Click for a Google map, or copy/paste these latitude longitude coordinates into Google maps or your smartphone mapping app to get a map and driving directions to the event.

Driving directions from Portland:

  • From Portland city center, take I-5 south about 35 miles. Take exit 263, and head west.

  • Go west about 4 miles then take a right on Wheatland Road.

  • Go north on Wheatland Road about 4 miles, and turn left turn into the park.

Earlier Event: June 3
CROC Board Meeting