Benson State Recreation Area

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Park is CLOSED until further notice. 

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The information below applies to pre-COVID-19 operations.



Simon Benson was a lumber magnate, philanthropist, and one of the principal promoters of the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. Located one mile west of Multnomah Falls on I-84 at milepost 30 (eastbound access only), picnickers love this park; there's even a disc golf course and a first come first serve picnic shelter for groups.

Try your luck catching some of the thousands of rainbow trout stocked each month into the lake between March and October. This is a non-motorboat lake, (no boat launch) so it's perfect for rowboats and swimmers.

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Park Overview mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
Can reserve group facilities
mdi-currency-usd This park has a day use parking fee Buy parking permit mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800.452.5687
Call for info: 800.551.6949
Call park: 503-695-2261
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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.