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Lottery Dollars Help Support Oregon Parks

When Oregonians play their favorite Lottery games, funds build up to help support our best places — our state and local parks.

100+ Years of Oregon State Parks

When Oregon Trail pioneer Sarah Helmick donated part of her family homestead for use as a park, she accomplished more than her simple goal of preserving a place of great beauty for future generations. By donating acreage along the Luckiamute River in Polk County, she did something so much bigger—Sarah shared a visionary idea that eventually turned into our state park system.

Today, Oregon State Parks consist of more than 250 parks, heritage sites, waysides, and recreation areas. These are the places of iconic beauty that bring out Oregonians’ passions—passion for the environment, for recreation, for contemplation, and for the landscapes that make Oregon, well, Oregon.

Oregon State Parks has endured now for more than a century. We’re proud to continue to support our second-to-none state parks system with Oregon Lottery funds. Because of your lottery play, our parks are ready to continue to serve us all into their next century.


State Parks, Heritage Sites, Recreation Areas and More

Entrance sign at Champoeg State Park

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Entrance sign at Champoeg State Park

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Two sea stars in a tidepool

Ecola State Park — Coastal Paradise

Store and alter at Kam Wah Chung

Kam Wah Chung

New siding for the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge

Santiam Pass Ski Lodge

A father and son examine a crab on the beach

Cape Lookout State Park

A fence marks a trail leading behind a waterfall
Over the next one to three years, we’re going to be breaking ground on a new welcome center on the north side of the park, a new campground and new trail access.
— Chris Gilliand, Manager of Silver Falls State Park More About Silver Falls
illustration of state parks campsite

See All State Parks Projects

Want to see all the State Parks grants and loans supported by Lottery dollars in your county? Or even across the state?

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Qualifying for Funding — Oregon Parks & Rec

In addition to funding our state parks, Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) grants lottery-backed funds to local communities and organization for recreational facilities and heritage programs.