West Bridge Park is 4 acres of paths and trails leading to the easily accessible Willamette River.
The Washougal River Greenway includes various parcels on lower Washougal River between Sandy Swimming Hole and Lacamas Creek. The greenway provides extensive shoreline access. Facilities include 1/2 mile walking trail and boat launch. Additional property located on the Washougal River upstream of Vernon Road Bridge provides opportunities for swimming, picnicking and fishing.
The Esplanade includes docks, piers, overlooks, a plaza for festivals and gatherings, floating walkways, fountains, and public art. It connects the east and west sides of the Central City around its central feature – the Willamette River.
This 234-acre regional park stretches for 2.5 miles along the west shore of Vancouver Lake. With 35 developed acres of parkland, visitors can enjoy covered picnic facilites with Barbeques, the playground, paddling on the lake, and sand volleyball on the shore.
Swiftshore Park and open space is 4 acres of riverfront park and open space on the Tualatin River at the end of Swiftshore Drive. The park offers river access, fishing, wildlife viewing, and small turf area for picnicking and games.
Walking, biking, or driving along the south shore of Vancouver Lake makes for a peaceful day of bird watching. Birding is best from early fall through late spring when the wintering species congregate here. Some of the better spots should be avoided during hunting season but this activity also causes the birds to move in mass to the no hunting areas where they can easily be viewed. Vancouver Lake can be reached from the I-5 Freeway by taking Exit 1-D to 4th Plain Blvd. and traveling west. This road leads directly to the lake and the starting point.
At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro’s Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected wetlands within an American city. This beautiful natural area is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
Sellwood Riverfront Park is at the southern edge of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and provides access to the Springwater Trail. The park provides water access for swimming (but no beach) and fishing, a boat dock and canoe launch, a dog off-leash area, natural surface and paved paths, and picnic tables.
The park features numerous picnic areas, two boat launching facilities, a fully stocked lake for fishing, and more than 15 miles of hiking and or biking trails.