Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

Park Overview

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.

The park includes a public boat launch and is adjacent to a popular swim hole. 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.

Know Before You Go

  • Be aware of swift currents and hidden obstructions in the river. Do not swim, float, paddle or boat without a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives. 
  • A life jacket loaner station is located along the river, with life jackets of various sizes available.
  • Boaters: check ahead for obstructions on the Oregon State Marine Board's Reported Obstructions and Alerts page.
  • No alcohol is allowed in the park or on the beach.


Effective Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-695-2261
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Amenities & Features


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

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. "

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Can I bring alochol?

There is NO alcohol permitted on the Lewis and Clark Beach.  It is allowed in the park picnic areas.

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 allowed in West Gorge Oregon State Parks

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Can I bring my pet?

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.

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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 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.

Brochures and Maps

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