Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Large park with many picnic tables and open areas. River access.

Cons

Noise from bridge traffic.

Features

Amphitheater
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Off-leash dog area
Covered picnic areas
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Comments

09/13/2013
Hey Shane! Here's a shot I took under the bridge...very cool photo spot.
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