Know Before You Go:
There are no lifeguards at Lower Willamette River beaches. Beware of physical hazards such as broken glass and logs and consider wearing shoes. Some beaches are known for strong currents. Follow signs that prohibit swimming and where allowed, swim with caution. Review
City of Portland's guide to swimming in Portland-area rivers: Click HERE
Paddle With Caution
Paddle craft (kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, etc.) share the water with motorized watercraft (motorboats, etc.). Use caution and carry a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or lifejacket.
The water quality in the Lower Willamette River is generally safe. To be sure, check the water quality before visiting the beach. View City of Portland's "Check the Rec" Willamette River water quality testing: Click HERE