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50 places to go fishing within 60 minutes of Portland

Let's go fishing! Not enough time? Think again. If you live in the greater Portland area, there are a number of places you can get to in less than an hour. Directions and times are approximate, mileage and generalized directions are from Pioneer Courthouse Square. 

                                                                                                                           Find these locations on Google maps

A screenshot of a google map showing fishing locations within an hour's drive of Portland

Amenities are not necessarily a complete list.

1. BARTON PARK, Clackamas—26 mi., 40 min.
Salmon, steelhead, fin-clipped trout
Clackamas River. Good bank access. Boat ramp. Picnic
area. Weekend day-use fee for non-registered boats and
cars. Take Exit 12, off I-205, Estacada/Mt. Hood. Go east on Hwy. 212/224. Turn right onto Hwy. 224. Go about 5 miles. Turn right at Barton Store. County park.

  • picnic area
  • boat ramp
  • trails
  • campground
  • restroom
  • day-use fee

2. BENSON LAKE, Columbia River Gorge—30 mi., 34 min. 
Trout, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, bullhead
S
tocked lake in Benson Lake State Park. Good bank access, no boat ramp. Float tubes, rafts. Open year-round for fishing, park closes after Labor Day. Take I-84 E to Exit 30 just before Multnomah Falls. State park.

3. BETHANY POND, Bethany—12 mi., 16 min. 
Trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead
Small, stocked pond in suburban Washington County. Trout in early spring, warmwater year-round. From Hwy 26 W, take Exit 64. Right on 185th, left at first traffic signal beyond Westview High School into graveled parking area.

4. BLUE LAKE PARK, Fairview—14 mi., 24 min. 
Trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, sunfish
Stocked, 62-acre lake in Blue Lake Park. Bank fishing. ADA accessible dock. Boat rentals in summer. Size-limited private boats allowed only in winter. From I-84, take Exit 13, left at NE 181st, right at NE Sandy, left at NE 185th, right at NE Marine Dr. Metro park.

  • accessible restrooms
  • accessible fishing dock
  • accessible picnic area
  • fee

NOTE: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a fish advisory and consumption guidelines for the Columbia Slough due to the levels of contaminants measured in fish tissue.  The advisory includes the entire Columbia Slough and adjacent waters, including Blue Lake.  To learn more about the advisory and consumption guidelines, visit the OHA Fish Advisory website or the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Columbia Slough Fish Advisory website.

5. CANBY POND, Canby—25 mi., 37 min. 
Trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill
Small, stocked pond in Canby Community Park. Trout available fall to spring. Year-round warmwater fishing. Pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under and persons who possess Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permits. I-5 south to Canby. The park is on the east side of Hwy. 99E off Berg Pkwy.

  • restroom
  • picnic area
  • boat ramp

What you need:

  • A fishing license if you are 12 or older
  • A fishing rod, tackle, lures and/or legal bait
  • A copy of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
  • Licenses and regulations are available at license agents and online.

6. CARVER PARK, Carver—21 mi., 31 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, fin-clipped trout
Clackamas River. Bank fishing. Weekend day-use fees for non-registered boats and cars. Take Exit 12, off I-205, Estacada/Mt. Hood. Travel east on Hwy. 212/224. Right onto Hwy. 224. Right on Springwater Road. Turn left at the end of the bridge. County park.

  • boat ramp
  • restroom
  • fee

7. CATHEDRAL PARK, Portland—8 mi., 17 min. 
Salmon, crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish, sturgeon, walleye
Willamette River. Bank access, boat dock, ADA restroom. Take Hwy. 30 to St. Helen’s, turn right onto St. John’s Bridge. Park is under the bridge. City park. Lower Willamette River fish advisory (pdf)

  • accessible restroom
  • boat dock
  • boat ramp
  • boat launch
  • picnic area

8. CEDAROAK BOAT RAMP, West Linn—11 mi., 26 min. 
Steelhead, salmon, shad, crappie, bass, bluegill, perch
Willamette River. Boat ramp. Good bank access to the river upstream from the ramp. Limited access below the ramp. Parking. OR-43 to West Linn. Left at Cedar Oak Drive, right to Elmran Dr. to park. City park.

  • boat ramp
  • dock
  • restroom

9. CHINOOK LANDING MARINE PARK, Fairview—16 mi., 25 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, shad, walleye, bass, crappie, catfish
Six public boat launching lanes on the Columbia River give you access to some of the most popular fisheries on the river. ADA accessible docks, restrooms, parking. Off I- 84 east of Portland. Metro boat launch. Sturgeon advisory (pdf)

  • boat launch
  • accessible docks
  • accessible restrooms
  • fee

10. CLACKAMETTE PARK, Oregon City—12 mi., 25 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, smallmouth bass
Confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers. Extensive bank fishing. Located off Hwy. 99E at the north end of Oregon City. Easy access from I-205 and 99E. City park. Lower Willamette River fish advisory (pdf)

  • boat launch
  • restrooms
  • picnic area

11. COMMONWEALTH LAKE PARK, Beaverton—8 mi., 15 min. 
Trout, bass, bluegill, crappie
Stocked lake in neighborhood park great for kids. Fishing platform that is ADA accessible. ADA accessible restrooms. Take exit 68 off Hwy. 26 W, turn left at Cedar Hills Blvd., right at SW Foothill Dr.

  • accessible restrooms
  • accessible trail surrounds the lake
  • picnic area

12. COOK PARK, Tigard—12 mi., 21 min. 
Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill
Tualatin River. Boat ramp and dock. Great place to launch a pontoon boat, float tube or kayak and fish for bass. Park is located south of Durham Rd. at the end of 92nd Ave. From I-5, take exit 291. City park.

  • picnic area
  • boat ramp and dock
  • restroom

13. CROSS MEMORIAL PARK, Gladstone— 12 mi., 25 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, fin-clipped trout
Clackamas River. Good bank fishing at Cross Park and nearby High Rocks. Other good bank fishing spots on the Clackamas include Carver near the mouth of Clear Creek, along Clackamas River Road, at Bonnie Lure Park. Exit 11 off I-205, merge onto 82nd, right on E. Arlington, left on Portland Ave.

  • restrooms
  • picnic area
  • paved paths

14. DORMAN POND, Forest Grove—31 mi., 40 min. 
Trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Stocked, 8-acre pond west of Forest Grove at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 6.

15. EAST BANK ESPLANADE, Portland—1 mi., 15 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, crappie, bass, perch
Willamette River. Fish from the 1.5-mile walkway along the east bank from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland. City park. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

  • boat ramp
  • boat launch
  • paved paths along the river

NOTE: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a fish advisory and consumption guidelines for the lower Willamette River from the Sellwood bridge to the Columbia River. To learn more about the advisory and consumption guidelines, visit the OHA Fish Advisory website or the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Columbia Slough Fish Advisory website.

Estacada Lake
Estacada Lake - Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

 

 

 

 

16. ESTACADA LAKE, Estacada—33 mi., 50 min. 
Trout, steelhead, chinook, coho
Estacada Lake is a 150-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River behind River Mill Dam. Fishing dock and ADA-accessible fishing platform provide the only non-boating access. Boat ramp in Milo McIver State Park at lower end of reservoir. Located about 4 miles southwest of Estacada.

17. FARADAY LAKE, Estacada—36 mi., 55 min. 
Trout, steelhead
Stocked, 25-acre reservoir provides year-round fishing. Only bank fishing is allowed—no boats, rafts, tubes. Located one mile southeast of Estacada at the Faraday Hydroelectric Project. From the parking lot, a footbridge leads across the river to the park. PGE park.

18. GEORGE ROGERS PARK, Lake Oswego—9 mi., 20 min. 
Steelhead, salmon, bass, crappie
Willamette River at its confluence with Oswego Creek. City park provides excellent bank access. Picnic area with barbecue stands, restrooms and ramp for launching hand-carried canoes. OR-43 to 611 State St.

  • restroom
  • picnic area

A family stands on a dock on the Gilbert River
Boat ramp at Gilbert River. Photo by Bob Swingle

 

 

 

 

19. GILBERT RIVER, Sauvie Island—25 mi., 53 min. 
Catfish, bass, walleye
Gilbert River boat ramp provides access to the river, Sturgeon Lake and Multnomah Channel. Good bank fishing spots at many sites along the river. Park in designated areas. A parking permit is required. Get one at an ODFW license vendors or online. Take Hwy. 30 to the Sauvie Island Bridge. Cross bridge. Stay on NW Sauvie Island Road for about two miles. Stay right at the Y intersection onto Reeder Road. Turn left off Reeder Road to ramp. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

20. HALDEMAN POND, Sauvie Island – 17 mi., 36 min. 
Trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Stocked, 2-acre pond offers good bank access. Ideal for kids. Not ADA accessible. A parking permit is required when on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. Get one at an ODFW license vendors or online. Take Hwy 30 west. Cross the Sauvie Island Bridge, stay on Sauvie Island Road, go about 2 miles and turn right on Reeder Road. Turn left on Oak Island Road and go about 4 miles.

21. HARTMAN POND—29 mi., 33 min. 
Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, perch
Stocked pond is a year-round warmwater and springtime trout fishing pond in the Columbia River Gorge. Excellent for non-boating anglers. From I-84, take the Benson Lake exit. The pond is adjacent to the Columbia River adjoining Benson State Park. I-84 E to Exit 30.

22. HENRY HAGG LAKE, Gaston—34 mi., 59 min. 
Trout, bass, crappie, perch, catfishStocked. Good bank fishing. Fish for trout in spring and
fall, and warmwater species in summer. Good bank access. This lake is open year-round. Picnic areas, restrooms, boat ramp. Fee. Seven miles southwest of Forest Grove, off Hwy. 47. Follow Scoggins Valley Rd. about 3 miles to the lake. ADA-accessible fishing dock.
County park.

23. KELLEY POINT PARK, Portland—12 mi., 23 min. 
Steelhead, salmon, sturgeon
Confluence of Willamette and Columbia rivers. Bank fishing. ADA accessible restrooms. N. Marine Drive and Lombard. Take Exit 307 off I-5 N for Marine Dr. Portland park. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

24. LEWIS AND CLARK STATE PARK—17 mi., 22 min. 
Steelhead, salmon
Sandy River near its confluence with the Columbia. Very good access between the park and the mouth of the river. The Sandy River can also be accessed from many parks including Dabney and Dodge. Exit 18 off I-84 E.

  • picnic area
  • restroom
  • boat ramp

Mary S. Young Park State Recreation Area
Mary S. Young Park, West Linn

 

25. MARY S. YOUNG PARK, West Linn—12 mi., 25 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, crappie, bass, bluegill, perch
Lots of bank fishing from this park on the Willamette River.  Picnic area, restroom. Access to Cedar Island via floating bridge after April 15. Take OR-43 to West Linn. State park.

26. MCNARY LAKES, Sauvie Island—23 mi., 50 min. 
Bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead
Two lakes. Bank and boat fishing, 5 m.p.h. speed limit. Ramp. A parking permit is required. Get one at an ODFW license vendors or online. Both one day and annual passes
are available. After crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge, turn left and follow Sauvie Island Rd. approx. 2 miles to Reeder Rd. Take a right on Reeder Rd. and go approx. 9 miles to Rentenaar Rd., follow to the end, over the dike.

27. MELDRUM BAR PARK, Gladstone—12 mi., 25 min. 
Steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, shad, crappie, bass
Willamette River near mouth of Clackamas. Extensive bank fishing. Park and boat launch off River Road. From McLoughlin Blvd., turn west onto W. Gloucester St., right on River Rd. and left onto Meldrum Bar Park Rd. to the park entrance.

  • permanent and portable restrooms
  • picnic area
  • boat ramp and dock

28. MILO MCIVER PARK, Estacada—31 mi., 53 min. 
Steelhead, chinook, coho, fin-clipped trout
Clackamas River. Bank fishing. Boat ramp that is popular launch site for drift-fishing. ADA accessible fishing and restrooms. Take Exit 12A off I-205 to merge onto OR-212/224. Turn right onto OR- 224. Right at Market Rd., left at S Clackamas River Dr, which becomes Springwater Road. Go about 10 miles to the park. State park.

  • accessible campground
  • accessible restroom
  • boat ramp
  • fee

29. MIRROR POND Columbia River Gorge —24 mi., 28 min. 
Crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, bullhead, perch
Warmwater pond across from Rooster Rock State Park. Head east on I-84 approx. 22 mi. to exit 25 for Rooster Rock Park. Small parking area on right.

30. MOLALLA RIVER STATE PARK, Canby—27 mi., 42 min. 
Trout, Steelhead, salmon, crappie, bass
Molalla River at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers. Boat ramp. Bank access is limited to a short reach of the river. I-5 S to Canby. State park.

  • picnic area
  • restroom
  • boat ramp

A father and young daughter pose on the bank of Mt. Hood Pond
Mt. Hood Pond

 

31. MT. HOOD POND, Gresham—17 mi., 27 min. 
Trout
A 5-acre trout pond on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Fishing is restricted to youths age 17 and under and Oregon Disabilities Hunting
and Fishing Permit holders only from April 1 - Aug 31. Take I-84 E, Exit 16 for 238th Dr. toward Wood Village. Proceed to Mt. Hood Community College. Go to the South end of the main parking lot off SE 257th.

32. MUD LAKE, Sauvie Island— 21 mi., 46 min. 
Bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead
An 80-acre lake on the west side of island. Bank fishing. After crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge, turn left onto Sauvie Island Rd. Go approx. 8 miles. A parking permit is required. Get one at an ODFW license vendor or online.

33. MULTNOMAH CHANNEL, Portland—20 mi., 42 min. 
Salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, perch
A channel of the Willamette River that forms the western side of Sauvie Island and flows into the Columbia at St. Helens. Fish from the bank on Sauvie Island or fish the channel from a boat. A parking permit is required on Sauvie Island. Get one at an ODFW license vendor or online. There are several boat launches on Hwy. 30 between Portland and St. Helens. Lower Willamette River fish advisory (pdf), Fishing advisory (pdf)

boats line docks extending into North Fork Reservoir
North Fork Reservoir - Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

 

34. NORTH FORK RESERVOIR—40 mi., 60 min. 
Trout
Open Memorial Day Weekend through Oct. 31. Stocked, 350-acre reservoir on the Clackamas River in Promotory Park. Good trout fishing for boat and bank anglers. ADA
accessible fishing platform, boat ramp, boat rentals,
picnic areas. Take Exit 12A off I-205 S to Hwy. 224. Follow SE Hwy. 224 to Faraday Road. There is an entrance to Promontory Park and the reservoir on the right. Portland General Electric park.

35. OXBOW PARK, Troutdale—27 mi., 48 min. 
Steelhead, salmon
Sandy River. Plenty of good bank fishing. ADA accessible picnic areas, campground restroom/shower buildings, and campsites. From I-84, take Exit 17. Go to the light and turn right on 257th. Go 3 miles to Division Street, turn left. Continue east for 5 miles, turn left to the park. Metro regional park.

  • accessible picnic area
  • accessible campground
  • accessible restroom
  • accessible shower
  • fee

36. RIVERSIDE PARK, Clackamas—18 mi., 27 min. 
Steelhead, coho, fin-clipped trout
Clackamas River. Fish off the bank or launch a boat. Boat ramp. Restrooms, picnic tables. Take I-84 E to I-205 S. Take exit 12A onto OR-212/224 toward Clackamas. Right on Evelyn St. Follow Evelyn St. approx. 1 mile past Safeway distribution center. This county park is open for trout fishing Memorial Day to Oct 31.

  • restroom

37. ROEHR WATERFRONT PARK, Lake Oswego— 8 mi., 20 min. 
Crappie, bass, bluegill, perch
This 7.5-acre park located at 350 Oswego Pointe Drive, Lake Oswego is a developed riverfront area

  • picnic area
  • boat dock
  • boat launch
  • restrooms

38. ROOSTER ROCK SLOUGH, Columbia Gorge— 25 mi., 30 min. 
Bullhead, white crappie, black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch
Columbia River backwater located in Rooster Rock State Park. Float tube or boat. Bank fishing is available but be prepared to work your way through dense underbrush to access casting areas. ADA accessible boat ramp, picnic areas, fishing, and restrooms. Fee. Off I-84, just north of the day-use area.

A girl wearing a pink sweatshirt and blue life jacket holds a trout on a line
Fishing at Salish Pond. Photo by Bob Swingle.

 

39. SALISH PONDS, Fairview —14 mi., 20 min.
Trout, crappie, bass, catfishTwo ponds. Bank fishing. West pond is stocked with trout, east pond is a warmwater fishery. East
and West Salish Ponds are located at the Salish
Ponds Wetlands Park on 207th Ave. and Glisan in
Fairview, east of Portland. From I-84 take Exit 16
to Fairview and travel south on Fairview Pkwy.

40. SANDY HATCHERY, Sandy -- 29 mi., 47 min.
Steelhead, salmon
Sandy River. From the fish hatchery, take the trail along Cedar Creek to its confluence with the Sandy. The hike to the river takes about 30 minutes. To get to the hatchery, take Hwy. 26 to Sandy. Go through the town of Sandy to the last traffic light. Turn left onto Ten Eyck Road. Approximately 1/2 mile down the hill is a very sharp left hand turn. Turn left onto SE Fish Hatchery Road and proceed one mile to the hatchery.

  • restroom

41. SCAPPOOSE BAY, Scappoose—26 mi., 39 min.
Bullhead, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill,largemouth bass
Shallow bay providing boat access to the Multnomah Channel. Marina, boat ramp, kayak rentals. Follow Hwy. 30 west of Portland. About 7 miles north of Scappoose, turn onto Old Portland Rd. Scappoose Bay Marina is on the right. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

Small Fry Lake is still and surrounded by towering green trees
Small Fry Lake, Estacada

 

42. SMALL FRY LAKE, Estacada—40 mi., 60 min. 
TroutSmall Fry Lake, a one-acre lake within Promontory Park, was developed for the exclusive use of youth anglers 17 and under only. Seven miles east of Estacada on Hwy.
224. PGE park.

  • accessible restrooms
  • accessible campgrounds
  • picnic area

43. SMITH AND BYBEE LAKES, Portland—9 mi., 16 min. 
Crappie, bullhead, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch
A 200-acre warmwater lake in a large wetland in north Portland near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Access by canoe or on foot. Fish from canoe and bank. ADA accessible parking, trails, and restrooms are available in the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. Trailheads on Marine Drive west of Heron Lakes Golf Course near the Multnomah county Expo Center, and on the north side of the bridge that crosses Columbia Slough near Kelley Point Park. See Metro Web site for Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

  • restrooms
  • accessible trail
  • boat launch

NOTE: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a fish advisory and consumption guidelines for the Columbia Slough due to the levels of contaminants measured in fish tissue.  The advisory includes the entire Columbia Slough and adjacent waters, including Smith and Bybee Lakes.  To learn more about the advisory and consumption guidelines, visit the OHA Fish Advisory website or the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Columbia Slough Fish Advisory website.

44. ST. LOUIS PONDS, GERVAIS—36 mi., 48 min. 
Trout, crappie, bass, bluegill, perch, catfish
Seven ponds offer seven miles of shoreline designed for bank fishing. Boats and flotation devices are not allowed. ADA accessible fishing docks are located on Ponds 1, 3 and 6. A parking area, trails, restrooms are available but usually locked during winter. West of I-5 about 15 miles north of Salem and 2 miles west of Gervais. From Gervais, take St. Louis Road west to Tesch Lane, turn left and follow the road to the ponds.

  • picnic area
  • accessible restrooms
  • accessible fishing dock

45. SWIFTSHORE PARK, West Linn—18 mi., 27 min. 
Bass, crappie
Tualatin River. Four-acre riverfront park at the end of Swiftshore Drive offers bank fishing for warmwater fish. Access is by a short trail through a residential area. 25461 Swiftshore Drive, West Linn. Picnic areas. City park.

46. TOM MCCALL WATERFRONT PARK, Portland—1 mi., 6 min. 
Crappie, bass, perch, salmon, steelhead
Willamette River. Bank fish the Portland Waterfront in the park and along the sea walls for all species. Downtown Portland. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

  • accessible restroom
  • boat dock
  • paved paths

47. VERNONIA LAKE, Vernonia | 44.8 mi., 54 min.
Crappie, bass, bluegill, trout, steelhead
There is a trail all around the lake with several bankaccess points. Take SW Broadway to SW Clay St. Follow Hwy 26 W towards Beaverton for 30 mi. Take a slight right onto OR-47 N for 14 mi. Turn right onto Bridge St. and go about 1 mi. Lake is on your right.

48. WILLAMETTE PARK, Portland—4 mi., 12 min. 
Steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, crappie, bass, walleye, shad
Willamette River. Bank fishing. Go early to avoid boating and recreation crowd. ADA-access restroom. Located at SW Macadam Ave. and Nebraska St. City park. Lower Willamette River fish advisory

  • accessible restrooms,
  • boat ramp
  • boat launch
  • picnic area

49. WILLAMETTE PARK, West Linn—20 mi., 27 min. 
Crappie, bass, perch
Confluence of the Tualatin and Willamette rivers. Bank fishing. A 22.5-acre park, boat ramp, day-use dock, picnic tables, restrooms. 1100 12th St., Take I-5 S to I-205 N. Take Exit 6 from I-205 N to 10th St. Turn right onto Willamette Falls Dr. and then left onto 12th St. Park is on the right.

50. WOODBURN POND, Woodburn—32 mi., 37 min. 
Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish
Bank fishing from numerous clearings accessible by a trail around the pond. This 14-acre pond is owned by ODFW and is adjacent to I-5 north of Woodburn. Take the Woodburn Exit and head east on Hwy. 214 0.6 mi. to Boones Ferry Rd., north on Boones Ferry about 1.2 miles, and west on Crosby Rd. 0.3 mi. Just before the Interstate overpass, turn north onto Edwin Road, which parallels the expressway for 0.6 mi. and dead-ends at a gate about 50 yards from the pond. Park at the locked gate and walk in.

Have a little more than 60 minutes?

If so, you can visit the alpine lakes east of Portland: Timothy and Trillium lakes (off Hwy. 26, Mt. Hood), Lake Harriett (PGE park) and Timber Lake are worth the trip.

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