Best Swimming Holes near Portland

Recently the Portland metropolitan area was ranked America’s 23rd largest urban area. This is thanks to its large population of almost 2.4 million residents. There is a lot you could do to have summer fun here but spending a day in one of the many swimming holes near Portland is …

Pristine Buck Lake – Mt. Hood National Forest

A 70-mile drive from downtown Portland, Pristine Buck Lake sits at 4,080’, hidden perfectly between the stunning Mount Hood National Forest. If you are on the lookout for the perfect afternoon swim destination, then Buck Lake is the place for you! Easily accessible from Portland, the lake’s parking area is along …

Moulton Falls – Washington State

Every nature lover’s dream, Moulton Falls Regional Park is located right at the confluence of the Lewis River East Fork and the Big Tree Creek. This 347-acre park is home to an arch bridge which is higher than three stories and two stunning waterfalls. The heavily forested park sits on …

Dougan Falls – Washington State

As summer begins to roll onto its fag end, the temperatures continue to soar and everyone needs a spot to take refuge from the heat. The final major waterfall along the Washougal River, the Dougan Falls can be sighted from a multitude of roadside stops. The falls are created as …

High Rocks – Clackamas River

Located right between Interstate 205 and the Willamette River, High Rocks on the Clackamas River is not only one of the most popular and heavily visited swimming holes in Portland but also one of the most notorious. Regardless, it is definitely the most visited destination in the quaint and sleepy …

Smith Homestead Day-Use Area – Wilson River

The popular day-use facility, the Smith Homestead and Jones Creek Day-Use areas are located in the Tillamook State Forest on the bank of the Wilson River. 364,000 acres of the Tillamook State Forest is a unique Coast Range old-growth forest, where you can enjoy bright colors of pristine nature, cool streams rippling over river rocks …

Glenn Otto Community Park – Troutdale

The Glenn Otto Community Park presents among the finest open beaches and swimming prospects along the Sandy River within the City of Troutdale’s park system. That being said, this very quality makes this spot an absolute nightmare for those who hate crowds. Not only is the Glenn Otto Community Park …

Lewisville Park – Washington State

The oldest park in Washington State (Clark County) is Lewisville Park, developed along the East Fork of the Lewis River. Often considered the flagship park of the County, the Lewisville Park consists of a 2.8-mile long trail meandering through meadows and forests leading up to a boat launch. Stretched out …

Feyrer Park – Molalla River

Located a few miles from Molalla on the bank of the Molalla River, the Feyrer Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities. There are three reservable riverside picnic areas, softball, volleyball and horseshoe facilities, and playground for kids. You can come for a day or use RV suitable/tent campsites. There are …