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Benson State Recreation Area

Located one mile west of Multnomah Falls on I-84 at milepost 30, picnickers love this park with a disc golf course and a picnic shelters. Free Fishing Day is held here annually around the first weekend of June. Anyone can bring their own pole (or use equipment provided) to try their luck catching some of the thousands of rainbow trout stocked each month into the lake between March and October. This is a non-motorboat lake, so it's perfect for rowboats and swimmers.

Exit 35 off I-84, 30 mi. E of Portland

Sandy River Water Trail

Flowing undammed from the glacial heights of Mount Hood to the mighty Columbia, the Sandy offers paddlers and other river users excellent recreational opportunities just minutes from the greater Portland area. The 38 river miles that make up the Sandy River Water Trail feature scenic basalt canyons, rare old growth forest and exciting examples of river restoration in action. The Sandy River Water Trail Guide provides information and maps to make your trip safer, more enjoyable and less harmful to the river's natural resources.


Dabney State Recreation Area Trails

The classic summer place, Dabney has been a popular cooling-off swimming and picnic spot for over 50 years. It's easy to see why when you visit. The lower, older part of the park at the west end features an asphalt trail leading down to a classic swimming hole. Large picnic tables and briquette grills and a reservable shelter with electricity fill up quickly on hot days. The newer parts of the park feature a covered, reservable picnic shelter and trails winding through tall bamboo, horsetail, cottonwoods and alders.

Columbia Slough Water Trail

The Columbia Slough is a 19-mile long remnant of lakes, wetlands and slow-moving channels in the southern floodplain of the Columbia River. It stretches from its origin at the 102-acre Fairview Lake and the headwaters of Fairview Creek near Grant Butte in Gresham westward to the 2,000-acre Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area and to its confluence with the Willamette River.

Efforts are underway to close gaps in the Columbia Slough segment of the 40-Mile Loop, develop neighborhood connections to local and regional trails and increase access for paddlers on the slough.


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