Recreation in and around Heppner
Recreation opportunities in the Heppner vicinity are varied and abundant, thanks to cooperative weather. And engaging activities or special events, almost on a monthly basis, provide visitors and residents’ entertainment, education, and enjoyment.
Weather is not important to the historical Morrow County Courthouse tour, and a visit to the Morrow County Museum or the Agricultural collection is a fine addition to any day. Bargain Hunters will appreciate nearby Ione and Lexington’s yearly community “garage” sales. Ione, which also holds a July 4th blues Festival, adds an auction to its event, and the Heppner Booster Club and the St. Patrick’s Day Committee also hold auctions on other calendar dates. The nearby “ghost town: of Hardman sponsors an oyster feed each year, attended by faithful diners from many miles away. The Motocross races accompany a “Wee Bit O’Ireland” events in Heppner each March. In July, the resident’s “Celebrate Heppner,” and August brings the Morrow County Fair and Oregon Trail Pro-Rodeo .
Heppner’s location, in the Blue Mountains’ foothills, amid acres of agricultural land surrounded by back roads and intersecting streams, invites horseback riding; hiking; dirt bike and ATV riding; bicycling around town, in the St. Jude’s ride or Columbia Plateau Stage Race, or on the many suitable roads to other Eastern Oregon locations; motorcycling; fishing, may be in the yearly derby; water skiing or jet skiing in the reservoir; walking, jogging, or running around town or in the organized events. A swim in the local pool or golf on the nine-hole course promises to refresh, and tennis courts, basketball courts, and ball fields are available for some rigorous workouts. Picnicking is a pleasure, whether in the city park or in the mountains. The mountains also offer great huckleberry hunting and mushroom hunting. Snowmobilers delight in the Winter Mountains, and some ice-skating and ice fishing might even be feasible. Cross-country skiing is also popular here. Heppner is the place for “all seasons.”