Pets allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Located at the northernmost point of Portland's city limits and right at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Kelley Point Park is arguably one of the most underutilized parks in the city.  If you are looking to bask in the sun next to cool waters, this is the perfect spot.  Sandy beaches flank the banks of both the Willamette and Columbia, however swimming is discouraged due to the powerful undercurrent.  Beyond the river’s edge, the park offers paved trails for strolling, numerous picnic areas, and a gorgeous lawn that is an ideal place to enjoy the serenity of bird songs under the black cottonwood forest.

The park is named after Jackson Kelley, a rather undistinguished New Englander who, during one of his visits to Oregon, unsuccessfully tried to establish a settlement at the river’s confluence.  Owned by the Port of Portland for much of its history, the site (formerly a part of Percy Island) didn’t become a park until 1984.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Big, open lawns. Underutilized beaches. Ship watching.


Noise from nearby industry. No swimming.


Flushing toilets
Picnic tables



Mostly flat, easy trails. Many songbirds and wildflowers when I went in May. Dog-friendly. Large signs in the parking lots and on most trails warning not to swim or wade in the river and slough.
Probably the best swim spot in the City of Portland proper. Much closer than Sauvies, and a nicer beach at that. The one downside is that the Willamette water here can be much warmer than that of the Columbia!
This is a great, close-in, beach that should be utilized all summer long. It's incredibly dog friendly, you can BBQ and have bonfires in the evening as the sun goes down. The only con, it can be crowded on the warm days so you got to stake your claim on a bit of land early.
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