Located along the banks of Clear Creek, Metzler Park is one of the few locations in a short distance from Portland where you can feel surprisingly secluded. The park provides a variety of opportunities for the best recreation experience including swimming, wading, camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. There is a 2.5-mile natural trail with stops at one of the 20 native plant species.
The swimming hole can be accessed by a 0.1-mile beautiful trail starting at the parking area. You just need to follow the "Swimming Hole" signs. The route runs through a suspension bridge over Clear Creek and then you bear right and walk along the creek. This trail eventually forks directing you to a serene small beach on the creek's bend. This spot is quite different from a lot of other swimming holes in Oregon. It is ideally suited for those looking for an isolated place at the river. The softball field and volleyball courts are available for visitors.
Swagger Creek dumps into Clear Creek. The coho salmon and steelhead spawn at the mouths of Swagger Creek and in Clear Creek in the fall and winter.
Alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited.
Clear Creek – Metzler Park | General Description
Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: Clackamas County
Location: Metzler County Park
Services: Restrooms, garbage service, drinking water, reservable sheltered picnic areas, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, softball, volleyball, horseshoe
Accommodations: RV and tent campsites
Distance from the parking: 0.1 miles
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Elevation: 700 ft (213 m)
Metzler Park is located:
- 5 miles south of Estacada
- 31 miles southeast of Portland
- 51 miles northeast of Salem.
Directions to Metzler Park
From the intersection, I-205 and Highway 99 E in Oregon City,
- Drive 13.4 miles on S Redland Road to S Springwater Road
- Turn right onto S Springwater Road and continue 7.4 miles to the park.