Since cool drizzle sent us walking last month, let’s try again for a group swim! Located just on the far side of the Clackamas River off HWY 99E/ McLoughlin Boulevard, Clackamette Park celebrates the union of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers just within the nearby town of Oregon City (~25 drive from downtown PDX).
If the weather is hot we will forgo heat exhaustion in favor of a nice swim in nearby man-made Clackamette lake (just up the frontage road from the Clackamette Park entrance-off the Clackamas River). These still lagoon waters are neither advertised nor signed and therefore retain obscurity despite being arguably the best warm swimming hole in the greater Portland area.
Bring swimsuit, towel, walking shoes, and if swimming definitely wear water shoes, Tevas, or old tennis shoes, as the lake also has an industrial past and associated debris. All swimming skill levels are welcome, but there is no official life guard. Bring a floaty/water wings or challenge yourself to conquer the triathlon buoys scattered around the lake. Bring any wanted food or beverages. (No alcohol in park.) If the weather is cool and pleasant we’ll walk through Clackamette Park and along the Oregon City Promenade to view the falls on the Willamette River.
This should be around 3 miles out and back on mostly flat paved walkways (some small hills). Friendly dogs and families are welcome.
Contact Organizer Dr. Mindy Curry[masked] for more information.
Meet/park near the restrooms located straight in towards the boat ramp and to the left from the Clackamette Park entrance. From 99E cross the bridge across the Clackamas River into Oregon City, then take a right on the first street just past McDonalds across from the strip mall. Take the first right, then turn left into Clackamette Park.
1955 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR[masked]