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Dabney State Recreation Area

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

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Park is open with reduced services. 

  • Picnic shelter is open for first-come, first-served use. RESERVATIONS CLOSED. 
  • Life jackets loaner station is closed.
  • Reduced garbage service. Pack out trash.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.
  • Facilities may close without notice.


This shaded park is located on the Sandy River southeast of the Stark Street Bridge on the Historic Columbia River Highway (Hwy 30). A popular destination for fishing, boating and swimming, the park features a beach area that fills quickly in the summer months, as well as picnic tables and grills throughout.

A picnic shelter can be reserved for events with up to 50 people. The shelter is next to a volleyball court and horseshoe pits.

An 18-hole disc golf course is popular year-round, and is one of the most technical and challenging courses in the Northwest.

Know Before You Go

  • No pets are permitted.
  • No alcohol is permitted in the park or in the water below the Stark Street Bridge.


Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual 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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Amenities & Features


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Did you know that in 2012 our park participated in customer surveys?

According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:

95% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Dabney State Recreation Area.

94% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Dabney State Recreation Area in the future.

One customer commented, "We love Dabney! No litter and clean bathrooms and clean river and the beach is very important. I support measures to take care of parks."

How do I pay my day use fee?

To pay day use fee, you can use cash or check at the booth, but please be aware that if the booth is closed our Fee Machine takes credit cards ONLY.

How do I reserve the picnic shelter?

Reservations may be made 1 day to 9 months ahead of time.  The picnic shelter at Dabney State Park is reservable through online reservations (available 365 days a year, opening at midnight every day)  or by calling (800) 452-5687 (Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service 800-735-2900 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Can I fly my drone in the park?

Please call 503-695-2261 for park specific rules

Can I metal detect?

No metal detecting is permitted in West Columbia River Gorge State Parks

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Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, No pets are allowed at Dabney State Recreation Area.

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How do I get a Special Use Permit?

This park requires a Special Use Permit for special events or activities. Please open the Special Use Permit application to see examples of events that need a permit.  If you have questions about whether you need a special use permit for your activity and to receive instructions on how to submit the application, please call 503-695-2261.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ


The park was acquired between 1945 and 1968 through gift and purchase. The first tract was a gift from Multnomah County in 1945. Dabney Park was originally owned by Richard T. Dabney and his wife Martha. The Dabneys came to Oregon in 1887 and prospered from their investments in timber and real estate. Richard Dabney was an enthusiastic promoter of the Columbia River Highway and proposed a large hotel at Crown Point. Nothing came of the hotel, but the Dabneys maintained a summer house at the park site until his death in 1916.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos & Video

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.