Our Parks and Trails
Located on the beautiful Columbia River, 5 miles east of Portland, Ore. (river mile 121.7), Marina Park offers a clear view of Mt. Hood to the east and spectacular evening sunsets to the west. In addition to the walking path, there are picnic tables, shade trees, an open lawn for entertainment and a deck overlooking the marina. The park’s close proximity to the Marina makes access to water sports such as boating and kayaking and fishing on the breakwater a breeze.
We invite everyone to come down and enjoy a quiet evening or attend one of our public events. Marina Park is available for rental. Please reference our fee schedule to plan your upcoming event.
PARKER’S LANDING HISTORICAL PARK
Located adjacent to Marina Park, Parker’s Landing Historical Park commemorates David C. Parker, on whose Donation Land Claim this site is located. The Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee was formed by the Port in 1985 to act as an advisory body to the Commissioners for the development of the historic area known as the Parker’s Landing Historical Park.
The Park includes a walking path that connects commemorative features such as the Van Vleet Historical Plaza and Chinook Plaza. A popular location for outdoor weddings and reunions is the flower-covered Rose Arbor located directly behind the Van Vleet Historical Plaza. The arbor can be scheduled for special events such as weddings, family reunions, receptions, a picnic or retreat. Please reference our fee schedule to plan your upcoming event.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM CLARK PARK
Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, once known simply as “Cottonwood Beach,” commemorates the historical site where the Corps of Discovery camped for six days while on their journey through this area in 1806. At the entrance to Clark Park, a large open wooden structure invites visitors down into the Park and offers maps and informational signs to help guests gain a deeper appreciation of the history behind Lewis and Clark’s expedition 200+ years ago.
The 85-acre park includes walking paths, paved parking, picnic tables, covered cooking areas, a recognition plaza, three restroom buildings, and replicas of Chinookan canoes and Lewis and Clark’s dugout canoes. A two-mile long trail on top of the levee at the north side of the Park and just above the Beach offers a scenic stretch for hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. Reservations for shelters and park use are available online by visiting Clark County Public Works, a partner in developing Captain William Clark Park.
WATERFRONT PARK AND TRAIL
The Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail is proud to announce its Grand Opening.
The Park itself has a picnic shelter (reservations available), solar powered restrooms, designated parking lot, access to the breakwater fishing and transient moorage dock, compass view point, several benches and picnic tables. The Park showcases a magnificent view and adds fun educational additions to your visit such as interpretive signage.The Park and trail are complete with kiosk and way finding signage to link adventurers to local Downtown’s and other trail systems in the area.
A special feature that we are very excited about is our Parks rain gardens and solar operated restrooms. There is educational signage to help teach our future generations about the impact each person may have on the environment and what they can do at home to do their part.
The Park also features The Ports Stainless Steel Salmon that are inlaid into the cement, tying in the Ports art collaborative to the project. This was the Ports first art project meant to raise funds for more artwork while creating beauty along the trail. Artist: Malo Hasselblad
The 12-foot wide cement trail wraps completely around the park and stretches just under a mile long. Along the trail, there is a non-motorized kayak/canoe vehicle launch, children’s natural play area (coming soon), view points, interpretive signage and water access trails for those hoping to get closer to our beautiful Columbia River. Leashed pets are welcome.
Please reference our fee schedule to reserve the picnic shelter for an upcoming event.
Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail
The Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail—also known as The Columbia River Dike Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This park will soon be aligned with the Washougal Waterfront Park and trail creating a long connected walking trail both into Camas and Washougal. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy views of the river and Mt. Hood, wildlife, beautiful resting areas and historical interpretive signage. The heritage trail is also home to many charity runs and walking events each year.
The trail parallels Cottonwood Beach and is named for Lewis and Clark, who camped there in 1806. Walkers may enjoy taking a partial loop back on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail in the adjacent wildlife area.