An extremely popular destination in the summer months, Dabney State Recreation Area is situated southeast of the Stark Street Bridge on a bend of the Sandy River, 6.1 miles before it meets the Columbia River. This spot is located 4 miles outside of the city of Troutdale, yet it is not very crowded and offers plenty of space for families to relax and enjoy nature. Activities you can do here include, but are not limited to swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing, and golfing.
Dabney Park was a property of Richard T. Dabney and his wife Martha who moved to Oregon in 1887 and made a fortune in timber and real estate. Richard T. Dabney wanted to build a hotel on his land, but his plans never came into reality. However, he still had a summer house on the property up until his death in 1916.
Since that time various parts of the park territory belonged to different individuals and entities. It took the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department from 1945 through 1968 to own the territory of the park we see nowadays, either through purchase or gift.
The Sandy River here is cool and pleasant, with the 100-foot sandy beach. This part of the river has an easily accessible island. The boat ramp is available.
The 2-mile flat loop-trail traverses the park, leading from the picnic area along the river and as well around the park.
Footpaths at the park are paved and very convenient for exercise, a relaxing stroll, or simply to enjoy local nature or for birdwatching. Please be advised that no pets are allowed in the park and alcohol consumption is prohibited.
There are picnic areas with grills, one of them shaded. You also can reserve a picnic shelter with electricity for up to 25 guests. Reservations can be made from 1 day to 6 months in advance. The volleyball court and horseshoe pits are sitting right next to the shelter.
If relaxing and swimming do not impress you, try golfing at the Dabney Disc Golf Course. This is an 18-hole course and it is one of the most challenging and technical courses you can visit in the Pacific Northwest. This golf course is considered to be one of the best in Oregon.
Dabney State Recreation Area | General Description
Open: Year-round, day-use
Managed: Oregon State Park
Location: Portland Metro Area
Services: Restrooms, picnic areas, picnic shelter, boat launch, volleyball court and horseshoe pits
Activities: Swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking
Accommodations: No camping in the park
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or parking permits for State Parks
Restrictions: No alcohol; No pets
Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)
Dabney State Park is located:
- 5 miles northeast of Gresham
- 17 miles east of downtown Portland
- 65 miles northeast of Salem.
- Take exit 301 for Highway 84 and drive 15 miles east
- Take exit 18 toward Oxbow/Lewis and Clark Parks
- Turn left onto Jordan Road/Crown Point Highway and continue 3.1 miles to the destination on the right.