Metzler Park – Clear Creek Swimming Hole

Metzler River Park

Metzler River park

Metzler River park

Metzler River park



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, camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. A 2.5-mile natural trail with 20 stops and each stop is one of the native plant species. The identification brochure is available on the website.

The swimming hole can be accessed by a 0.1-mile easy trail from the parking area. You just need to follow "Swimming Hole" signs. The route runs through a suspension bridge over Clear Creek and then on the right along the creek. This trail eventually forks into two directing you to a serene sand and rock small beach on the creek 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 by the river for wading, swimming, and fishing.

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.

This secluded river front is great for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of crowds at the more popular spots. The park provides a variety of opportunities for the best recreation experience including swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Softball field and volleyball courts are available for visitors.

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
Popularity: Moderate

Elevation: 700 ft (213 m)

Metzler Park is located:

  • 5 miles south of Estacada
  • 31 miles southeast of Portland
  • 51 miles northeast of Salem.

A secluded shallow swimming hole, friendly for families with small children.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Water body: Creek
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light
Depth: Shallow
Beach: Sand and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm



Directions to Metzler Park

From the intersection, I-205 and Highway 99 E in Oregon City,

  • Go on  S Redland Road for 13.4 miles to S Springwater Road
  • Turn right onto S Springwater Road and continue 7.4 miles to park.

Address: 24526 S. Metzler Park Road, Estacada, OR 97023
Phone: 
503-742-4414
Clackamas County

GPS (Swimming Hole): N 45°13.794' W 122°22.086' | 45.2299, -122.3681

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