Pioneer Park Swimming

Pioneer Park on the Calapooia River is located in a historic town of Brownsville
Tranquil waters of the river make this location great for children

Calapooia River - Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park - Calapooia River

Pioneer Park Swimming

Pioneer Park - Calapooia River

Pioneer Park is located in a small lovely town of Brownsville on the peaceful bend of the scenic Calapooia River. This is an admirable 26-acre settings with ball fields, basketball courts, horseshoes, a playground, a dining pavilion equipped with a kitchen, a covered amphitheater, and beach. Since Brownsville is the third oldest town in Oregon, after Astoria and Oregon City, the Pioneer Park has a long history. The park area was established in the 1846 when the town was founded.

Annually in July the park is the location of the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest which celebrate the filming the classic movie "Stand By Me" in 1986.

Due to the high demand of the dining pavilion and amphitheater during the summer months, the City implemented a lottery system for reservation. Contact the city of Brownsville to make reservation for next year in November and December.

Limited camping is available around holidays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. There is a limited amount of camping spots available on a first-come, first served bases.


The easily accessible 130-foot beach is composed of sand and gravel. The currents are slow and the river is mostly shallow that make this location great for children to enjoy water under parents supervision. The deepest water is found along the opposite bank of the river. The water temperature is warm in the summer months (73°F in July).

Due to Pioneer Park has a long stretch of the beach along the river, even during peak in the summer season, you can find a secluded spot to relax and sunbathe near the tranquil water.


Pioneer Park – Calapooia River | General Description

Open: Year-round from 7am until dusk. From November 1st to April 1st, vehicle access is limited
Managed: City of Brownsville
Location: Brownsville

Services: Restrooms, garbage service, picnic sites, drinking water
Activities: Swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, camping
Accommodations: Limited campground

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high

Elevation: 240 ft (73 m)

Pioneer Park is located:

  • 29 miles northeast of Eugene
  • 44 miles southeast of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Water body: River
Water quality: Good to fair
Current: Light
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Gravel and sand
Water T° (summer): Warm

Directions to Pioneer Park

From I-5,

  • Take exit 216 for Highway 228 East
  • Turn onto Highway 228 East and drive 3.4 miles to Pearl Street
  • Turn left onto Pearl Street and continue 0.2 miles to the destination.

Phone: 541-466-5666

GPS: N 44°23.448' W 122°59.490' | 44.3908, -122.9915

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