Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Together, Glenn Otto Community Park and Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site present the best open beaches and swimming opportunities on the Sandy River.  When the high heat of mid-summer arrives, this half-mile long riverbank park, named for Troutdale's former mayor, becomes one of the Portland area's most popular weekend day-trips.

Beyond the refreshing draw of the Sandy River, the park also has a more manicured section closer to the parking lot that includes a meeting hall, a caretaker's home, irrigated lawn, a picnic shelter, a barbeque pavilion, a basketball half-court and a playground.

Note: Make reservations for the Sam Cox Building (meeting hall) and picnic shelter by calling 503.674.7297.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Open sandy beach. Swimming hole.


Peak summer crowds.


Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas


Nearby Lodging + Camping


There is always a strong, fast current at Glenn Otto; children should take advantage of the life jackets offered for free (bring your driver's license; you'll leave it in exchange for the life jacket).
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