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Ritter Road Swimming Hole, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Ritter Hot Springs, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Olallie Lake, Washington, Outdoor Project
Talapus Lake, Washington, Outdoor Project
Washington Park Arboretum, Washington, Outdoor Project
Oyster Dome, Washington, Outdoor Project
Table Mountain, Washington, Outdoor Project
Black Crater, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Otter Crest Marine Gardens, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Louis Rasmussen Day Use Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Priest Point Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Lake Tapps Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Green River Gorge Swimming Hole, Washington, Outdoor Project
Green River Gorge Bridge Overlook, Washington, Outdoor Project
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail, Washington, Outdoor Project
John MacDonald Memorial Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Tolt-MacDonald Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Chinook Bend Natural Area, Washington, Outdoor Project
Luther Burbank Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Mercer Slough Nature Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Timberlake Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Lewis Creek Park, Washington, Outdoor Project

Rivers of the Pacific NW

We traveled the region in search of some of the freshest waters, most scenic river gorges, impressive waterfalls, and the best swimming holes.  VIEW RIVERS OF THE PACIFIC NW.


New Comments + Trip Reports

Lost Creek Campground, OR

Core Team
07.22.14(Trip Date)

Thanks Robyn. We've updated the page accordingly and really appreciate that you let us know!


Lost Creek Campground, OR

07.19.14(Trip Date)

The campground is open. No reservations needed, but fills up quickly on the weekends.


Tamanawas Falls, OR

06.19.14(Trip Date)

Amazing cool hike to Tamanawas Falls


Washington Park Arboretum, WA

Core Team
07.18.14(Trip Date)

Just explored the Washington Park Arboretum for the first time, all with our brand new, collapsible, Trak Kayaks. Put in at West Montlake Park and paddled through the Montlake Cut. Would certainly only recommend going through the Cut with a sea worthy kayak (definitely not a canoe) as the water can get pretty choppy from the wake of passing motor boats.

Loved the wildlife... was certainly a crazy juxtaposition with all the people and freeway cutting overhead.


Wilson River, Footbridge Day Use Area, OR


So much people, smoking, drinking, spraying sunscreen, that we left early. Beautiful place, but ruined by the people using it.


4 Simple "Elimination Diet" Trail Snacks

Core Team

These recipes look easy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing them.


Moulton Falls, WA

Pro Member
07.16.14(Trip Date)

When Portland has a long stretch of 90 degree weather, your day job has you logging too many hours, and all you want to do is get out of dodge for the day.... head to Moulton Falls! Moulton Falls has crystal clear, ice cold swimming holes that will refresh your senses in an instant. This was our first trip up the Lewis River and could not be happier with our adventure.

I would recommend getting there about 10:00 to 11:00 to get the perfect chill spot as the rocky stream side has limited places to lay down. The place starts getting a little more crowded around 2:00.

On our drive home we found a sign for blueberries on the South side of Brush Prairie (144th and hwy 503) for a $1/lb and went home with 6lbs of blueberries. Keep an eye out for that one.

The drive from Portland is about an hour and you can take either 205 or I5 to get there. On your way back use google traffic to see which highways have any accidents to avoid the back upsI


McKenzie River Trail, OR

07.14.14(Trip Date)

We road from Trail Bridge Campsite north a few miles then turned around and road down to Belknap Resort and back to Trail bridge campsite. The start of the trail from the campground was a climb then we found the lava rocks. It was beautiful but taxing. Once we turned around it was less technical as we moved up the slopes and back down to the river. We stopped for a quick lunch at the Belknap Resort, they have a nice outdoor grill. The ride back up to Trail bridge was easily rideable (no shuttle needed) and a cool down in the river was amazing.
Trail Bridge campground has mostly walk-in campsites (no river access) and a few others are along the river. It was not busy.


Eagle Creek Campground, OR

06.29.14(Trip Date)

Biked in from Portland on a Sunday and the campsite was only being occupied by two other campers. I rode out to Cascade Locks to pick up some firewood and lunch. Once I got back to Eagle Creek I still had my pick of the campsites. Hosts were very nice! Check out more of the bike adventure here :


Cinder Hill Campground, OR

Core Team
07.11.14(Trip Date)

Patrick. Thanks for sharing the recommendations. Glad to hear you had a great trip. We've updated the reservation fee above.


Cinder Hill Campground, OR

07.06.14(Trip Date)

Just returned from a stay at Cinder Hill CG. I highly recommend! Awesome location and much less crowded feeling that other CG in the area. Small pond had lots of tadpoles, dragonflies, frogs and other critters that our daughter loved. Lake temperatures were pretty good and made for refreshing swim/play. Quick note: fees are now $18/night and some of the best sites (in my opinion and of the original author) do not take reservations. We were able to grab an awesome site by arriving on a Sunday!


Drift Creek Falls Hike, OR

Core Team

I believe that is a Roughskin newt.


Blog + News

By: Tyson Gillard | 07.21.14
Much of the content found on Outdoor Project has been published with the help and hard work of our Contributors. These individuals are experienced photographers, videographers, writers and outdoor adventurers who have elected to share their expertise with us to help make Outdoor Project the best resource for outdoor adventure. In return, they take part in the Contributor Rewards Program and every season (summer and winter) we acknowledge their hard work and...
By: Torrey McConnell | 07.17.14
Starting in July 2013, fellow contributor Andrew Stohner and I embarked on a 10-week “elimination diet” of sorts, completely cutting out gluten, eggs, legumes, most nuts, nightshades, dairy, processed sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Although our diet was restricted, summer adventures flourished. With me training for the Portland Marathon, Andrew planning multiple mountaineering trips, and a 10-day backpacking trip through Idaho scheduled for the end...
By: Jared Kennedy | 07.16.14
Wednesday's Word is Sauvie - so:vi: -- so-vee s: 's' in 'sigh'  oː: 'o' in 'code'  v: 'v' in 'vie'  iː: 'ee' in 'seed' An alternate pronunciation, also commonly heard and referenced by the Sauvie Island Community Association, replaces the 'o' with an 'aw' sound. So when your friend pronounces the island's name differently from you, chances are you're...
By: John Cody | 07.15.14
Wedged between the Monterey Bay and the San Lorenzo Mountains, Santa Cruz offers world-renowned surfing and beaches, urban street life, and beautiful Redwood forests, all within minutes of the city. Short on cash but still want to enjoy the Santa Cruz experience? Here is a list of five free and essential adventures you can check off your Outdoor Project “to do" list this summer. Pogonip Trails If you are new to Santa Cruz and would like to get...
By: Tyson Gillard | 07.14.14
In terms of summer fun, if San Francisco has Lake Tahoe and Seattle has numerous lakes and the Sound, then Portland can lay claim to the virtually countless rivers in the area. Over the past few summers, we've scoured up and down the region's rivers in search of the most relaxing locations for summer recreation, places where you can swim, hike, camp and just hang out with friends. One of our favorites, a place we go back to time-and-again, is the...
By: Jared Kennedy | 07.11.14
We joined Oregon Wild for a trip to Lookout Mountain to the east of Mount Hood. It was the first of three hikes this summer we're partnering with Oregon Wild on, as part of the celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Jonathan Jelen, Development Director for Oregon Wild, led a group of nine of us to the summit viewpoint and on side trails in the area. Not only was it a spectacular sunny day spent in a true gem of the...
By: Tyson Gillard | 07.10.14
Situated under groves of massive ponderosa pines, with crisp and dry Central Oregon air, 11 incredibly relaxing campgrounds are situated on the upper portion of the Wild + Scenic Metolius River, one of Oregon's most renowned angling rivers for kokanee* and trout, and appropriately one of the regions most popular summer recreation spots. The Metolius River pops out of nowhere... at least apparently.  Unlike most glacially fed rivers in the region...
By: Jared Kennedy | 07.09.14
Wednesday's Word is Nisqually - nɪˈskwɑːli -- nih-SQUAW-lee n: 'n' in 'nigh'  ɪ: 'i' in 'bid'  ˈ: primary stress follows  s: 's' in 'sigh'  k: 'k' in 'kind'  w: 'w' in 'wind'  ɑː: 'a' in 'father'  l: 'l' in 'lie'  i: 'y' in 'happy' Nisqually is the name of a Native American tribe living in...
By: Jared Kennedy | 07.01.14
Today's temperature in Portland is set to reach nearly 100 degrees, and just in time for the Fourth of July. A great way to stay cool is to head to a nearby swimming hole. Keeping to the theme of the fourth, here are four places within a short drive of Portland that we recommend for a hot day. Dougan Falls. Deep pools and cliff jumping opportunities on the Washougal River, 43 miles from Portland. Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site. Big and open...
By: Jared Kennedy | 06.25.14
For those of you who made it out to the Summer Solstice Block Party at Base Camp Brewing on Saturday, it was a great day to kick off the summer. We had a great time getting to meet a lot of people that came to celebrate the best season of the Pacific Northwest for outdoor adventure. Lot's of sun, heat, beer, music, and festivities all day long kept the crowd festive. A raffle with prizes from our sponsors raised money for Oregon Wild and Ascending the...
By: Jared Kennedy | 06.25.14
Wednesday's Word is Mazama - mə.ˈzɑː.mə -- muh-ZAH-muh m: 'm' in 'my'  ə: 'u' in 'syrup'  .: syllable break  ˈ: primary stress follows  z: 'z' in 'zebra'  ɑː: 'a' in 'father'  .: syllable break  m: 'm' in 'my'  ə: 'u' in 'syrup' Mazama is the name bestowed on the mountain that occupied Crater Lake and the surrounding...
By: Outdoor Project | 06.23.14
Oregon Wild and Outdoor Project are teaming up for three summer hikes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. You're invited to join in the fun as we explore these amazing parts of Oregon's outdoors. In the process you'll learn why these places are protected and what it took to make it that way. And you will also get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to contribute an adventure to Outdoor Project. Oregon Wild has...

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Contributor Race Jones Captures Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Shooting at 240 frames/second, Outdoor Project Contributor Race Jones captures one of Oregon's most impressive and important wildlife refuges.

Located just south of Salem, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is one of three refuges that make up the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Along with William L. Finley, and Baskett Slough (the other two refuges in the complex), Ankeny NWR was specifically created during the 1960s to restore and create dedicated wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of Canada geese, which unlike other Canada geese have very limited ranges: the geese call the Copper River Delta in Alaska home during the summer, and they nest in Oregon's Willamette Valley during the winter months.

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
Race Jones | 05.29.14

With GoPro, Contributor Heron Marychild Films His Favorite Trails

Outdoor Project's most active Contributor, Heron Marychild of Eugene, hits the trails again, this time with GoPro in hand. Enjoy watching the short films of Heron's favorite trails in and around Eugene, Oregon.

Videos Include:

Contributor Heron Marychild riding the Eagles Rest Trail.
Heron Marychild | 06.23.13