Metzler River Park – Swagger & Clear Creeks

Metzler River Park
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Metzler River park

Metzler River park

Metzler River park

This spot is quite a bit different from the rest in that it is ideally suited for those looking for an isolated spot by the river for some swimming or, possibly, fishing. Located along the banks of the Swagger Creek and Clear Creek, Metzler River Park is one of the few locations in a short distance from Portland but feels surprisingly secluded. The park provides a variety of opportunities for the best recreation experience including swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

That being said, when accessed from the parking lot, there exists a trail that leads towards the river front. This trail eventually forks into two directing you to a serene sandy small beach equivalent.

There are various creeks that dump into this area and it is at the mouths of these creeks that salmon can be found. This secluded river front is great for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of crowds at the more popular spots.

Alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited.

General Description

Access allowed: All year from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: 0.1 miles
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle

  • Annual Clackamas County Pass
  • Oregon State Special Access Pass

Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate
Restrictions: No alcohol and glass bottles
Accommodations: 75 campsites
Managed: Clackamas County Park
GPS coordinates: 45.2289, -122.3656
Elevation: 700 ft (213 m)

Metzler River Park is located:

  • 6 miles south of Estacada
  • 21 miles southeast of Oregon City
  • 31 miles southeast of Portland
  • 51 miles northeast of Salem

Address: 24526 S. Metzler Park Road, Estacada, OR 97023
Clackamas County


Body of water: Creek
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light
Depth: Shallow
Beach: Sand and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm




Drinking water
Garbage service
Reservable sheltered picnic areas
Picnic sites

Directions to Metzler River Park

From the intersection, I-205 and Highway 99 E in Oregon City, drive on  S Redland Road for 13.4 miles to S Springwater Road, turn right onto S Springwater Road and continue 7.4 miles to Metzler River Park.

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