The Portland metropolitan area was ranked America's 23rd largest urban area. Despite a large population of almost 2.4 million residents, you still can find a perfect place to have summer fun.
A several natural lakes, mountain streams, reservoirs, and rivers ensures that there is enough room for everyone. The great Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, the Coast Range and North Oregon Coast host several of the best swimming holes.
You can find a location for just about every water-based activity in these water sources. Apart from swimming you can kayak, windsurf, and dive from the high rocks surrounding these natural swimming holes. Most of these have sandy beaches that make them ideal for a day out with the kids.
Multnomah & Columbia Counties