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Morrow County

Written by Oregon Media

Morrow County


Morrow County has a rich history, from the Morrow County Courthouse that survived the great 1903 flood to the vast Columbia River that now flows over the original town of Boardman. Today, as you travel in the diverse county, you will find a beautiful marina along the Columbia River, thousands of miles to bike on scenic byways and friendly small town businesses to help you along the way. Don’t miss a stop at the SAGE Center at the Port of Morrow, which interprets the impact of agriculture and technology on this region, with hands-on exhibits and even a taste of local foods.

Child fishing

Water recreation

Willow Creek flows from the Blue Mountains and eventually into the Columbia River. Near Heppner, the creek fills the namesake reservoir, which creates a 125-acre lake that is home to trout, bass and catfish, making it a popular spot for anglers. Cool off in swimming pools at Willow Creek Water Park in Heppner. In North Morrow County, a swim in the warm summer water at Boardman Marina and R.V. Park is the perfect revitalizer on your drive along I-84. Guests can stroll along a walking path on the banks of the Columbia River, stake out prime camping spots and fish. Catch the annual Walleye Fishing Contest at the marina each summer, and compete with a group of friends as a team to catch as many as you can.

Forests and parks

Camping and hunting enthusiasts will enjoy Anson Wright Park as well as Cutsforth Park, both within an hour’s drive of Heppner. Cutsforth Park is a popular stop along the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, with trails to explore for hikers and horseback riders. Part of the Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway route, the byway is also perfect for riders looking for a physical challenge in a remote and beautiful setting.

Dirt Biker Go Off-road

With more than 9,000 acres to explore via all-terrain vehicle, hiking, biking or horseback riding, the Morrow-Grant Counties OHV Park is a favorite place to escape and has a variety of campgrounds to choose from. During spring and summer, stop for a meal at the Landing Lodge inside the park, an American-style restaurant.


Willow Run Executive Golf Course in Boardman was designed by Dallas Wilson and is a favorite for its friendly atmosphere. In Heppner, the Willow Creek Country Club is a semi-private, 9-hole course with affordable fees.