Willamette River Beaches in Portland - Come on in!

The Big Pipe project has helped to restore the Willamette River and make it safe and suitable for swimming.  According to Oregon DEQ, swimming in the Willamette downtown is perfectly safe, when Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) conditions are not present. CSOs have been drastically reduced now that the Big Pipe has been completed. Come on in, the water is great!


HAP has specific information on Poet's BeachAudrey McCall Beach and Tom McCall Beach in Downtown Portland on our website.


Please review HAP's recommendations for being Swimming Safety on the Willamette River before going out to swim.

Other Portland swimming areas

Sellwood Riverfront Park  (SE 7th and Miller St. near Sellwood Bridge)

Elk Rock Island Park (SE 19th  and Sparrow St. in Milwaukie)


George Rogers Park  (Lake Oswego)

Cathedral Park (N Edison St. and Pittsburg Ave. in St. John's, north of Portland) 

Kevin Duckworth River Recreation Dock (Off floating section of the Esplanade on east side - access via Rose Quarter)


Broughton Beach  (Marine Drive on Columbia River)

Sauvie Island  (north of Portland, largest island along the Columbia River)

    Walton Beach  (family friendly)

    Collins Beach  (clothing optional)


 What is your favorite Willamette River beach? Send your own personal choice with description and photos and we will add it to the website.  Hit us up at info@humanaccessproject.com