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Cathedral Park

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • An overview of Cathedral Park and St. Johns Bridge from across the Willamette River.- Cathedral Park
  • View of St. Johns Bridge looking west from N Philidelphia Ave.- Cathedral Park
  • The gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge- Cathedral Park
  • The gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge- Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge- Cathedral Park
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  • Cathedral Park- Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park with Forest Park in the backdrop- Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park- Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park- Cathedral Park
  • Swimming hole below St. Johns Bridge- Cathedral Park
  • St. Johns Bridge- Cathedral Park
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  • St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park- Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park boat ramp and dock- Cathedral Park
  • St. Johns Bridge from the Cathedral Park boat ramp- Cathedral Park
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Pros: 
Large park with many picnic tables and open areas. River access.
Cons: 
Noise from bridge traffic.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Cathedral Park is situated beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge, Portland’s only steel suspension bridge, which reaches up to 400 feet with its towers and spans 1,207 feet across. The park includes a boat dock, boat ramp, canoe launch, restrooms, off-leash dog area, amphitheater, numerous picnic tables, and swimming and fishing areas.

Cathedral Park is thought to be the camping site of the Lewis and Clark expedition on April 2, 1806. Despite its historical relevance, the park wasn’t dedicated until 1980. In the early 1970s the site had fallen into a state of disrepair, and the community raised the necessary funds for a revitalization effort. The park received its name from a 1968 Oregon Journal article where reference was made to the “Cathedral-like arches” of the St. Johns Bridge. 

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