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Champoeg State Park

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Welcome to the Champoeg State Park orienteering meet! This meet is the fourth event of the 2019 CROC best-5-of-7-events Classic Series. Check the standings here!

Quick info

  • Date and time: Sun. July 14 - start any time between 11am - 1pm

  • Location: Champoeg State Park near Butteville Oregon

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels. Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • NEW - online registration, details below

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Mike Holliday

Advance online registration is encouraged for this event.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork or payment)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool


  • Online registration closes Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:59pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out

Event Overview

Champoeg State Park is large and mostly flat. An interesting variety of terrain should make for some fun orienteering!

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 at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

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



  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction clinics 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 skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

Handrails, Attack Points, and Aiming Off 

These three techniques are key to successful orienteering in forests, open areas and large spaces. They help you locate features and give you confidence in your approach. 


  • 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)



Day-of-event registration is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Park Fee: Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. The day pass fee may be paid at the entrance station before you enter the park.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-stick

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch


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: Mike Holliday


Driving directions and location

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event: 45.2482, -122.8940

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

  1. From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).

  2. Follow the signs to Champoeg Park: Drive west on Ehlen Road. Go about 3.6 miles.

  3. Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.

  4. Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.

  5. Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.

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.