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Oxbow Regional Park

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Discover Oxbow Regional Park, a 1,000-acre natural area park nestled in the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge.

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Located within the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge, Metro's Oxbow Regional Park offers rare access to many of the region’s natural wonders while providing a variety of unique recreational opportunities. The river draws swimmers, rafters, kayakers and drift boats carrying anglers. Twelve miles of trails invite you to explore an ancient forest with centuries-old trees and ridges and ravines carved by volcanic and glacial flows.

Oxbow is a great place to see wildlife and animal tracks. The area’s natural habitat makes an ideal home for wildlife such as mink, beaver, raccoon, fox, deer, osprey, songbirds, salmon, elk, black bear, cougar and many others.More about wildlife and tracking

The park also offers a wooded campground, reservable picnic shelters, playgrounds, equestrian trails, and a number of environmental education opportunities.
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Nature activities and field trips

Visit upcoming events at Oxbow below, including animal tracking, ancient forest walks, salmon viewing, wildflower and mushroom identification classes, and programs especially for kids and teens. You can also plan your own field trip with a Metro naturalist especially for your classroom, group or organization.
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From I-84, take the Troutdale exit (17). Go past the truck stop to the light and turn right on 257th. Go 3 miles to Division Street and turn left. Continue east for 5 miles following the signs. Turn left on Oxbow Parkway and drive 1.6 miles to the park entrance.

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Bike there

Travel east using bike lanes on Stark, Division or Powell, then continue east on Division to Gresham and follow the signs to the park. You can also take the Springwater Trail east and travel north to Division using the bike lanes on Hogan Road. Use caution while sharing the roads with cars. Bicycles welcome inside the park on paved roads and some marked trails.Learn more about biking in the region


Oxbow Regional Park
3010 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080

Open from 6:30 a.m. to legal sunset. Get in free with your annual pass or pay $5 per car or $7 per bus. Many of the park facilities are wheelchair accessible, including the restroom/shower buildings, picnic areas and some campsites. Hiking trails are not accessible.

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New parks pass

Buy a new, improved annual parks pass

If you don't already have an annual pass, buy your 2014 pass now and October through December 2013 are free. Learn more

Geocache challenge


Find these geocoins!

Join the fun as Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks celebrate their 50th birthday with a geocache challenge. Get outdoors to find these commemorative geocoins! Go

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