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Autumn at the Sandy River in Portland, Oregon

October 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Travel Guides

Little to No Rainfall This Summer Means the Sandy River Is Low

Sandy River, Portland, OR

This has been a pretty great summer for Portland, only slightly reminiscent of the heatwave a few years ago, and nothing at all like last year’s summer, which didn’t see the rain abate until late June, and didn’t see much sun at all in any sort of consistent fashion. Instead, there have been plenty of sunny summer days, with ample opportunities to get out into the great wide open nature that is so close to inner Portland’s neighborhoods.

One of the things we’ve always loved is the proximity of the Sandy River — just about 20 minutes or less out on the 84 freeway east, off of Exit 18 and then another few miles up the mountain. Park for $5 in one of the city’s parks and rec parking lots near the Dagby State Park, take the short walk through the woods and out to the river’s edge. If you’re looking for quiet, then plan on early in the week to mid-week, rather than Friday – Sunday. Summers bring many student-age teens to the river, along with music and lots of noise, so if that’s not your thing, then plan accordingly.

Links and Resources to Info on the Sandy River, Oregon

Sandy River runoff from Mt. Hood, Portland, ORThe Sandy River runs approximately 56 miles total, and functions as a decent-sized tributary of the Columbia River. The US Geological Survey lumps the Sandy River in with the Bull Run River (these two coincide approximately 18 miles from the mouth of the Sandy), and approximates the river’s average discharge into the Columbia at 2300 cubic feet per second.

The Sandy runs into the Columbia (together with the Bull Run) about 14 miles upstream of Portland proper.

Wikipedia page on the Sandy River in Oregon

Swimming and Tubing Info on the Sandy River, from Popina Swimwear.

Info on Fly Fishing on the Sandy from Fly Fish USA.

Weather Forecast, week by week, from The Guide’s Forecast at Oregon Live.

Video of Tubing Down the Sandy River

[Photo Via: SDO, LLC a Portland Digital Marketing Firm; Wikipedia Commons]

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