Located in the center of Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, Brownsville is the perfect place to get out and explore.

Pioneer Park

Camping & Picnicking

Stop and stay awhile when you come to Brownsville; you can camp or stop for a picnic right here in town.

  • Nestled into a bend in the Calapooia River, Pioneer Park is a 26-acre gem within the Brownsville city limits. Tent and RV camping is available, as well as picnicking, swimming, sports fields and playgrounds.
  • Linn County maintains dozens of county parks full of camping and picnicking spots scattered around the area surrounding Brownsville.
Brownsville Oregon bicycling


Surrounded by quiet country roads, the Brownsville area is perfect for exploring via bicycle.

Calapooia River

River Recreation

The Calapooia River flows right through Brownsville, and the Willamette and South Santiam rivers are just a few miles away, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to get out on the water.

  • For a refreshing dip in on a hot day, try swimming at Pioneer Park in Brownsville or McKercher Park a few miles east of town.
  • Guided tours of the Willamette River on an exciting jet boat are available from Scenic Jet Boat Tours, just a few miles southwest of Brownsville in Harrisburg.
  • If you like canoeing or kayaking, try the Willamette River — it’s an official National Water Trail, and Canoeroots Magazine named it one of their canoe trips of a lifetime.
  • For fishing, you can find steelhead, trout, bass and more in the rivers and creeks around Brownsville. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife posts regular updates about area fishing.
Foster Lake by Nick Boren

Water Sports

If you enjoy wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiiing or sailing, the mid-Willamette Valley is a great place to explore.

Blue Heron

Wildlife & Birding

Discover the natural wonders just outside the door when you visit Brownsville and the Willamette Valley.

McDowell Creek Falls by Dina Ratzlaff


Hike through lush forests and along beautiful trails when you visit the Brownsville area.

E.E. Wilson Archery

Shooting & Archery

Shooting and archery enthusiasts can enjoy several locations in the Brownsville area.

Highway by Dina Ratzlaff

Scenic Drives

Brownsville is a wonderful place to explore on a scenic drive, whether you’re in a car, motorcycle or RV.