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Rooster Rock State Park

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

Stretching alongside the Columbia River and just 22 miles east of Portland, Rooster Rock is a perfect place to spend a day away from the city.

When east winds rush down the Columbia Gorge at 25 to 40 mph, windsurfers descend to ride the whitecaps. Bring your windsurfing gear, or enjoy watching from the beach.

A tranquil lagoon at the west end of the park is a peaceful spot to paddle or fish for bass, steelhead and walleye beneath the park’s namesake, Rooster Rock.

Park Features

  • 2-mile Volkswalk Trail, a flat trail with views of the river
  • 2 disc golf courses, one beginner and one advanced
  • 3 reservable covered picnic shelters
  • 2 group day-use areas
  • 3 miles of beach along the river
  • Separated clothing-optional beach
  • Unfenced off-leash area for dogs

Know Before You Go

Due to fluctuation in river levels, access to the clothing optional beach by foot may be limited. Check ahead: Oregon River Levels.

Columbia Gorge Express


Avoid the crowds at Multnomah Falls: park at Rooster Rock and take the Columbia Gorge Express bus, managed by Columbia Area Transit.



Effective Apr 19, 2021 – Oct 15, 2021
Climbing Rooster Rock is prohibited through at least  October 15 to protect an osprey pair and their nest. If climbing reopens sooner, we will update this page. 
Effective Sep 3, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021
Rooster Rock boat basin and boat channel are experiencing extremely low water levels at this time.  Please launch at your own risk. 
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.
Effective Nov 30, 2020
Attention hunters and anglers: Oregon State Parks will not be reviewing or changing any rules or regulations with Oregon Fish and Wildlife in 2021, including in regards to waterfowl. Please refer to Oregon Fish and Wildlife for current fishing and hunting regulations.   

mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round 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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Is there a clothing optional beach at Rooster Rock?

Yes but by design, the clothing optional beach area is completely separate and not visible from the clothing-required area of the large park. The two areas coexist in harmony.

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

According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:

92% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Rooster Rock State Park.

94% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Rooster Rock State Park in the future.

One customer commented, "This is a lovely picnic/day park, unbelievable scenery of the river. Doesn't seem to be overcrowded/has well planned capacity. Thanks.

How can I pay for my day use fee?

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

How do I reserve a picnic shelter or picnic area?

Reservations may be made 1 day to 9 months ahead of time.  The picnic shelters and group picnic areas at Rooster Rock 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.

Which picnic areas have water and electricty?

All shelters/group picnic areas have a BBQ and picnic tables.  Picnic shelters A, C & C have a covered gazebo area and water and outlets for electrical.  Picnic areas D & E have no water or electrical hook ups.

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Is Camping allowed at Rooster Rock State Park?

Rooster Rock is a day use park only.  But there is camping availble 10 miles east at Ainsworth State Park (exit 35)

Can I camp on Sand Island?

No camping on Sand Island is allowed.  There is camping available at Ainsworth State Park (east of Rooster Rock) or at Government Island (west of Rooster Rock- accessible by boat only)

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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 allowed in West Gorge Oregon State parks

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Can I bring my Dog?

Yes! But please have on a leash at all times & please pick up after your dog. There is an off leash dog area at the west 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


Lands for the park were purchased from private owners between 1937 and 1985 to provide public river access and protection of the Columbia River Gorge. However, development as a park was not possible until the new highway was built at water grade in the 1950s.  Rooster Rock is situated at the west end of the park. It is said to be the rock mentioned by Lewis and Clark as the camping place for members of their exploring expedition on Nov. 2, 1805.

Brochures and Maps

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