Rowland Lake

Columbia River Gorge, Washington

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Rowland Lake


  • Tim Agnew takes the plunge into Rowland Lake.- Rowland Lake
  • Tyson Gillard jumping from the basalt outcropping.- Rowland Lake
  • Tim Agnew doing a back-flip in good fashion.- Rowland Lake
  • Rowland Lake looking west.- Rowland Lake
Overview + Weather
Relatively warm waters. Great hiking and mountain biking nearby.
No sandy beach.
September, 2017: The rapidly expanding Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have forced closures throughout large areas of the Columbia River Gorge. Updated information can be found in the following links: and
Columbia River Gorge, WA
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Originally only a marshy area at the bottom of Rowland and Coyote Walls, this fantastic summer swimming hole was created by the construction of the Bonneville Dam in the 1930s. The lake stays unusually warm because it is separated from the Columbia River by both the railroad and by Highway 14.  In this area (only a few miles east of Bingen, Washington), the key attraction is the warm summer sun exposure in the eastern Gorge, but the 40-foot basalt pinnacle that rises from the middle of the lake's deep waters is a close second.  It is perfect for cliff jumping!

Before cooling off in the lake’s fresh waters, work up a sweat at some of the nearby hiking spots: Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek are close, and Tom McCall Point and Bald Butte are both on the Oregon side of the river.

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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