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Sumpter offers historic displays, historic programs and interpretive information. The park also offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, wildlife watching and bird watching.

The Sumpter Valley Dredge — the centerpiece of the park — left much of the rocky footprint that you’ll see on your trek along Highway 7. The dredge is an important link to Oregon’s pioneering past and development. It is one of the largest and most accessible gold dredges in the U.S.

A half a century after the last dripping bucket load was lifted, the dredge stands silent. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear whispers of the hope, sweat and dreams of the people who worked on it. After visiting the dredge you may continue on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway to continue your trip into history.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.

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