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, play outdoors, and splash in one of many swimming spots near Portland.
Natural lakes, mountain streams, reservoirs, and rivers ensure that there is enough room for everyone. The great Columbia River Gorge, the Mount Hood, the Coast Range, and the North Oregon Coast host the best swimming holes within close proximity to the big city.
You can find a location for just about every water-based activity you enjoy. Apart from swimming, you can enjoy kayaking, tubing, windsurfing, and diving from the high rocks surrounding the natural swimming holes.
Some of the swimming spots have sandy beaches that make them an ideal destination for a day out for families with kids.
Multnomah, Washington, & Columbia Counties
Northern Oregon Coast & Oregon Coast Range
Cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous. Variations in water levels, rocks that are not immediately visible, and shifts in river bottoms due to strong currents can lead to serious injury and even death. It is very important to check your swimming spot conditions and take all associated risks into account. Make safe decisions!