Sandy River Swimming

• The Sandy River is known for its sandy beaches, cool and clean water
• The river offers numerous water activities including swimming, tubing, boating, and fishing

There is nothing more healing our mind and soul than moments with nature. When planning for weekend summer adventures, choose a destination that will offer you the best recreation while keeping you in touch with wild nature. One such destination near Portland is the lower section of the undammed Sandy River, a tributary of the Columbia River. Originating on Mount Hood, the 56-mile river is carrying snow and glacier melt that is why the water is always cold even at the peak of the summer season.

Two segments of the river are designated as National Wild and Scenic: 12.4 miles of the upper part of the river and 12.5 miles of the lower segment between Dodge Park and Dabney Park.

Activities on the upper river include hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, and kayaking.

Recreation sites and parks along the lower river with sandy beaches and cold clean water provide opportunities for visitors to practice outdoor activities or just relax and enjoy the beauty of wild nature. Activities you can do here include, but are not limited to swimming, tubing, boating, paddle boarding, fishing, and sunbathing.

The river is monitored on monthly basis for any contamination.

Lewis and Clark State Park

Lewis and Clark State ParkLewis and Clark State Park is located on the west end of Historic Columbia River Highway is one of the best and popular places to enjoy the beauty of the Sandy River and practice numerous outdoor activities.


Glenn Otto Community Park

Glenn Otto ParkOver 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 features picnic sites, a playground, a café stand, and a sandy beach.


Dabney State Recreation Area

Sandy River - Dabney State Recreation AreaExtremely popular destination in the summer months, Dabney State Recreation Area is situated on the Sandy River bend. There are picnic areas, a picnic shelter for rent, and campground.


Oxbow Regional Park

Oxbow ParkOxbow Regional Park is a natural wild area that stretches along bends of the Sandy River. The park features sandy beaches, green clear water with shallow and deep areas.


Dodge Park

Dodge Park Sandy RiverDodge Park at the confluence of the Bull Run River and Sandy River is known as a great spot for outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping. Excellent swimming holes can be found along both rivers.


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