When you've had enough water, explore 15 miles of trails through Oxbow's ancient forests. Reserve a camping spot for the night, and gather around the fire for nature activities and music. You might bump into mink, beavers, raccoons, fox, deer, osprey, songbirds, elk, black bears or cougars. Every fall, nature puts on one of its greatest shows: salmon return to their spawning grounds to lay their last eggs, before dying in the waters where they were born.
See and do
- See the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Sandy River. This undammed river carves cliffs and creates beaches in the park as it carries snowmelt and glacial till from its source on Mount Hood.
- Hike 12 miles of trails: gentle grades along the river's terraces or steeper trails up a ridge between the river's bends.
- Explore one of the closest old-growth forests to Portland.
- Float the river in a tube, boat or kayak.
- Watch salmon spawn.
- Camp in the woods. On Friday and Saturday nights from June 26 to Sept. 5, 2015, overnight campers can gather around the campfire for stories and old-fashioned entertainment.
- Track animals on the river's sandy beaches, where mink, beavers, black bears and other wildlife come to drink.
- Learn in an outdoor classroom about tracking, mushrooms and other topics.
- Dine al fresco in a reserved group shelter, perfect for a family reunion, church outing or company picnic.
- Bring environmental education to life on a field trip led by a Metro naturalist.
Know when you go
- Oxbow is open 6:30 a.m. to legal sunset.
- Vehicle fee is $5 per car or $7 per bus (free with annual pass).
- Accessible picnic areas, campground restroom/shower buildings and some campsites.
- Dogs are not allowed, because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife.
- Hunting is not allowed.
- Geocaching is allowed with guidelines.
If you're biking, travel east on bike lanes on Stark or Division streets or Powell Boulevard. Continue east on Division and follow signs to the park. Or ride the Springwater Trail and then head north on the Hogan Road bike lane to Division. Bikes are welcome inside the park on paved roads and some marked trails.