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Sandy Swimming Hole Park

The Sandy Swimming Hole has been a popular warm weather spot for both swimmers and kayakers for decades. The large sunny deck accommodates picnics with views of the Washougal River. Restrooms are available for visitor convenience. Visitors flock to this park during sultry summer days, congesting parking along Shepherd Road.

550 N Shepherd Rd Washougal, WA 98671

Sandy River Park

The Sandy River Park is an undeveloped passive use park that abuts Cedar Creek and the Sandy River. Hike to the Sandy River on a 1-mile stretch of old logging road/trail. In the fall salmon can be seen swimming up Cedar Creek to spawn.

Enter the trailhead at the end of Marcy Street; parking is available in the Sandy High School gravel parking lot on Bluff Rd.

Salmon Creek Greenway

This urban greenway runs along Salmon Creek between Lake River and in Felida and Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond in Hazel Dell. It includes bottomlands, wetlands and forested hillsides on both sides of Salmon Creek and the north end of Cougar Creek. Despite the urban setting, the greenway is extensively used by local wildlife, including migratory waterfowl and other birds, deer, coyotes, rabbits, opossums, raccoons and beavers. A 3-mile-long multi-use trail extends through a portion of the greenway between NW 36th Avenue in Felida and Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond.

Ross Island Natural Area

Ross Island is part of the Holgate Channel and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge complex. The complex makes up a significant regional fish and wildlife habitat and is one of the most scenic reaches of the lower Willamette River. It has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society of Portland because of it use by both migratory and resident birds. There is a bald eagle nest on the City’s parcel and a small Great Blue Heron rookery on the island’s northern tip, property owned by the Port of Portland. 


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