Sandy Wild and Scenic River

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.


The Sandy River originates in the high glaciers of Mt. Hood, the most prominent peak in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Riverside trails offer spectacular scenery, easily observed geologic features, unique plant communities and a variety of recreational opportunities. Just outside Portland, the lower reaches of the Sandy River flows through a deep, winding, forested gorge known for its anadromous fish runs, botanical diversity, recreational boating and beautiful parks.
The U.S. Forest Service administers the initial 12.4-mile segment, and the Bureau of Land Management manages the lower 12.5-mile section between Dodge Park and Dabney Park.

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Point of Interest:

The lower Sandy River provides an outstanding sport fishery and exceptional recreation opportunities for nature study, day-use activities and non-motorized boating or floating. Its proximity to Portland and its near-pristine condition combine to make it a unique recreational resource within the region.

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From US 26-Oregon 212 Junction: Head east 0.7miles on OR-212 E/SE Compton Rd toward SE 312th Ave, then continue to follow SE Compton Rd. Turn left onto Old Loop Rd/SE Orient Dr for 0.2 miles, then turn right onto SE Revenue Rd and proceed for another 1.9 miles. Continue onto SE Pleasant Home Rd for 1.1 mile and turn right onto SE Lusted Rd, proceeding for another 1.3 miles. Turn left onto SE Hosner Rd and go another 1.9 miles, then turn right onto SE Oxbow Park Rd. After 0.3 miles, you’ll arrive at Oxbow Regional Park.

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