Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at the west end of the Historic Columbia River Highway (Highway 30). A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites blankets and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day.
One of the most popular swimming spots on the Sandy River is adjacent to the park, as well as a public boat launch. A trail climbs the cliffs to Broughton's Bluff, which serves as a geologic boundary between the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the neighboring Willamette Valley to the west. This 160' high series of cliffs provides excellent year-round rock climbing.
Note: No alcohol is allowed in the park or on the beach.
According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:
91% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site.
92% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site in the future.
One customer commented, "I love this park for day trips. Please don't change much. It is very clean & accommodating, has just enough facilities (picnic tables, bathrooms, garbage cans) and it is really important for me to have the off leash dog area. My dog loves it! We also love the hiking trails. "
There is NO alcohol permitted on the Lewis and Clark Beach. It is allowed in the park picnic areas.
Please call 503-695-2261 for park specific rules
No metal detecting is allowed in West Gorge Oregon State Parks
Yes! But please have on leash at all times. There is an off leash area behind the restroom building at the east end of the park.
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.
The original land for this park was given to the state by Multnomah County in 1936. Later tracts were purchased from the State Land Board and private owners up to 1951. In 1961, S. H. and Ellen B. Martin gave an additional small portion. The park is named for the explorers Lewis and Clark, who on November 3, 1805, examined the Sandy River and noted the treacherous sand bar at the channel entrance. Their name, "Quicksand River," was shortened in common usage to Sandy River.