Glenn Otto Park

• Glenn Otto Community Park is one of many popular parks on the Sandy River
• Features picnic sites, a playground, a café stand, and a sandy beach

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Over 6 acres Glenn Otto Community Park at the city of Troutdale is one of the many recreation areas along the scenic Sandy River. The park is nestled at the Narrow Bridge between two watersheds: the Sandy River and Beaver Creek.

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 there are picnic shelters, nicely irrigated lawns, playgrounds, potable water, and a picnic pavilion. A small stand offers café snacks and fishing gear.

This park hosts several events throughout the season.

Close proximity to Portland Metro Area makes this park an extremely popular destination at the peak summer season especially on weekends and holidays. If you want to avoid the large crowds, plan to visit this park during the weekdays.


An excellent stretch of the sandy beach on the west side of the Sandy River is easily accessible from the parking area. The beautiful place with a view of the bridge is a great place for relaxing, picnicking or sunbathing. Other activities here include wading, swimming, paddling, and boating.

However, the cold water, strong and swift currents make swimming here risky. For your safety wear a life jacket.

Seasonal river rescue and lifeguard stations are located in the park.

Sandy River - Glenn Otto Community Park-Narrow Bridge

Glenn Otto Community Park

Sandy River - Glenn Otto Community Park

Sandy River - Glenn Otto Community Park

Glenn Otto Community Park | Facts

Open: April - September: from 8 am to 9 pm; October - March: from 8 am to 6 pm
Managed by: City of Troutdale
Location: Portland Metro Area

Amenities & Services: Restrooms, potable water, picnic sites, playground, and café stand
Activities: Swimming, water sports, biking, and picnicking

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: High

Accommodations: No camping in the park

Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)

Glenn Otto Park is located:

  • 5 miles northeast of Gresham
  • 17 miles east of downtown Portland
  • 65 miles northeast of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Strong
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand
Water T° (summer): Cold

Adventures Nearby

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 Historic Columbia River Highway, destination will be on the left.

Phone: 503-665-5175
Address: 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, Oregon 97060

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