Yamhill County Parks
615 E. 6th St
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 472-5216 fax
Yamhill County Attractions
Founded in 1843 as one of four original Oregon Counties, Yamhill County lies in the northern end of the Willamette Valley and is valued for its significant natural, cultural, and scenic qualities including rugged coast mountains; prominent valley hills, ridges, and prairies; picturesque stream valleys; free-flowing rivers and streams; cascading waterfalls; diverse vegetation; abundant wildlife; and rich history and cultural heritage. Popular attractions include: Evergreen Aviation Museum (home to the “Spruce Goose”), more than 134 wineries, antique shopping, historical sites, and many small-town events and festivals that occur throughout the year.
Yamhill County Parks
On June 5, 1956, Edwin and Ruth Huber donated a 3.66-acre property that was to become Huber Park, Yamhill County’s first park. Since 1956, the park system has grown to include 17 parks and open space areas totaling 126.4 acres. Yamhill County’s current park system offers facilities for day-use activities, including picnicking, boating, bird watching, and fishing, and experiencing our County’s unique natural, cultural, and historic heritage. Here are a few of the popular day use facilties:
Rogers Landing Boat Launch
One of Oregon’s premier boating facilities on the majestic Willamette River, this park offers expansive parking and a three-lane boat launch. From land or water, Rogers Landing is one of Yamhill County’s top recreational resources. Many enjoy strolling the docks at sunset or scanning the skies for blue heron, osprey, kingfishers, or migrating geese. Located on the river’s “Newberg Pool”, the park is especially popular with water skiers. In spring, fishermen brave the rain to catch salmon near Ash Island, just south of the park.
Charles Metsker County Park
This 20-acre park offers outdoor education opportunities including access to Baker Creek and Rainbow Lake, as well as surrounding riparian and upland conifer forests. A one-mile interpretive trail circles the historic mill pond. Amenities include a covered picnic shelter, dock, and lakeside viewing area.
Lafayette Locks County Park
Listed on the National Historic Register, this 7.1-acre park features the remains of the old locks that once permitted boats to navigate up the Yamhill River to McMinnville. Meandering paths and picnic areas, under a canopy of ancient Douglas-fir, allow for nice views of both river and locks.
Ed Grenfell County Park
Edward Grenfell, a founding member of the Yamhill County Parks Board, generously donated the five-acre parcel that bears his name in 1962. Baker Creek meanders through grassy fields in this popular countryside setting. The covered picnic shelter is utilized for group gatherings and events, and the park has abundant picnic sites throughout the site.
Deer Creek County Park
A nature lover’s delight, this park contains the largest wet prairie ecosystem in the lower Willamette Valley. The tall-grass prairie at Deer Creek Park attracts regional attention each spring when both very rare and more common wildflowers burst into bloom. Located in Gopher Valley at the confluence of Cronin Creek and Deer Creek, this 30-acre park is one of the county’s finest, with abundant picnic areas beneath a grove of 100 year-old Oregon ash.