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 the most heavily used park within the Troutdale system, but it is also one of Portland’s most popular spots for a weekend day trip on a hot summer day.
Named after a former mayor of Troutdale, this park features the most refreshing draw of the Sandy River. Beyond the riverfront and near the parking lot is a more manicured section comprising picnic shelters, nicely irrigated lawns, playgrounds, potable water, and a picnic pavilion. For anyone willing to navigate the large crowds, the Glenn Otto Community Park should feature near the top of the list of summer day trip destinations.
A small stand offers café snacks (sandwiches, coffee, etc) and fishing gear. Seasonal river rescue and lifeguard stations are located here.
April - September: from 8 am to 9 pm
October - March: from 8 am to 6 pm
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Not allowed
Restrictions: No open fires, no pets, no alcohol
Location: Historic Columbia River Highway
GPS coordinates: 45.537, -122.378
Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)
Glenn Otto Community Park is located:
- 5 miles northeast of Gresham
- 17 miles east of downtown Portland.
- 65 miles northeast of Salem
Address: 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060
Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Moderate to strong
Depth: Deep and shallow
Water T° (summer): Cool
Directions to Glenn Otto Community Park
From I-205 take exit 22 to merge onto I-84 E/US-30E toward US-30/The Dalles. Take exit 18 toward Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site/Oxbow Regional Park, turn left onto Crown Point Highway. Take the 1st right onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy, destination will be on the left.