Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site

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Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Things To Do

Overview

Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park appropriately honors its legendary namesakes who camped and explored here in November, 1805. Today inhabitants of Portland and the surrounding areas journey here on hot days to take a dip in the Sandy River. This park is popular with families, who cluster near the boat ramp, because of the shallow areas and mellow flow where kids can jump off rocks and float around safely. If you drive up the road a ways you'll see groups of cars and trails down to the water. The park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at one of the entrances to the Historic Columbia River Highway. A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites blankets and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day. One of the most popular swimming spots on the Sandy River is adjacent to the park, as well as a public boat launch. A trail climbs the cliffs to Broughton's Bluff, which serves as a geologic boundary between the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the neighboring Willamette Valley to the west.

Map of Lewis & Clark State Rec. Site (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.540962, -122.379713

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at one of the entrances to the Historic Columbia River Highway. The park provides a public boat launch and an excellent jump off point to explore the Sandy and Columbia Rivers.

  • Fishing

    Fish for salmon and steelhead on the Sandy and Columbia Rivers. There is a public boat launch on the Sandy River adjacent to the park.

  • Hiking

    A trail climbs the cliffs to Broughton's Bluff, which serves as a geologic boundary between the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the neighboring Willamette Valley to the west.

  • Picnicking

    A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites picnickers and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day.

  • Water Sports

    One of the most popular swimming spots on the Sandy River is adjacent to the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. There is no fee to use this park.

Directions

Driving

Off I-84, 16 miles east of Portland.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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