Best Swimming Holes near Portland

High Rocks




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 a favorite.

The presence of several natural lakes, valleys, mountain streams, reservoirs, and rivers ensures that there is enough room for everyone. The great Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood host several of the best swimming holes near Portland. 

You can find a location for just about every water-based activity in these water sources. Apart from swimming you can kayak, windsurf, and dive from the high rocks surrounding these natural swimming holes. Most of these have sandy beaches that make them ideal for a day out with the kids.




Clackamas County

High RocksHigh Rocks on the Clackamas River is not only one of the most popular and heavily visited swimming holes in Portland....

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Feyrer ParkLocated a few miles from Molalla on the bank of the Molalla River,  Feyrer Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities...

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Three BearsEnjoy the beauty of the lucid green waters of the Molalla River. Three Bears Recreation Site was open in 2013...

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Molalla River Day Use Site 2A great place to cool down on a hot summer day, Molalla River Day Use Site 2 is located 2.5 miles south of the Glen Avon Bridge...

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Molalla River Day Use Site 4Molalla River Day Use Site 4 is the scenic undeveloped site with a beautiful swimming hole...

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Buck LakePristine Buck Lake sits at 4,080’, hidden perfectly between the stunning Mount Hood National Forest...

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Alder FlatIf your aim this summer is to beat the crowds and enjoy the great outdoors then Alder Flat at the Mount Hood National Forest is the place to be...

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Metzler River ParkMetzler River Park is one of the few locations in a short distance from Portland but feels surprisingly isolated...

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Tillamook County

Keenig CreekIf you found yourself nodding your head to the above questions then the Wilson River at Keenig Creek is the summer spot for you...

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Smith HomesteadThe popular day-use facility, the Smith Homestead area is located in the Tillamook State Forest on the bank of the Wilson River....

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Wilson River FootbridgeWilson River at the Footbridge area would prove to be best swimming hole for you...

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Multnomah & Columbia Counties

Blue LakeIf you are looking for a day long adventure by the water with your little ones, then Blue Lake Regional Park is the destination for you....

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Glenn Otto Community ParkGlenn Otto Park presents among the finest open beaches and swimming prospects along the Sandy River...

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Washington State

Moulton FallsEvery nature lover’s dream, Moulton Falls Park is located right at the confluence of the Lewis River East Fork and the Big Tree Creek...

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Lewisville ParkThe oldest park in Washington State (Clark County) is Lewisville Park, developed along the East Fork of the Lewis River...

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Dougan FallsThe final major waterfall along the Washougal River, the Dougan Falls can be sighted from a multitude of roadside stops....

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