view of pond with paved trails winding around it and a lookout spot on the left side
Ithaca Janzen | 07/04/2021 | Gladstone

Things To Do: Gladstone

Located along the banks of the Willamette River, Gladstone offers recreation opportunities for all ages. Enjoy those river views with easy access at Meldrum Bar Park's picnic area and paved paths including an RC car track. The park also has a boat launch, trailer parking and a floating dock for those eager to get out on the water, as well as spots to try your hand at fishing from the river banks. Interested in exploring the river but don't have your own boat to launch? Rent kayaks from Oregon Kayak Rental at Dahl Beach, an easy sloping beach inside Meldrum Bar Park. You can also enjoy a leisurely two-mile float down the Clackamas from Cross City Park to Dahl Beach City Park with eNRG Kayaking. They'll drop you off at Cross Park and be waiting to pick you up when you arrive at your destination. 


a view of wetlands and paved trails through tall stalks of pink flowers


Nearby, the newly opened boardwalk trail at Boardman Wetlands, a 5.8-acre nature park, makes it easy to connect with your surroundings thank to its scenic boardwalk trail loop. The park has undergone a transformative restoration process to create a healthy native habitat for beaver, ducks, geese and other aquatic animals. 

For families, check out The Children's Course. This nine hole, nonprofit course is dedicated to teaching children the joy of golf. Plus, grown ups can golf along, so it's fun for the whole family.

Bike/Ped Committee cycling the new Trolley Trail parked in front of the map sign

You're on a roll! Cyclists, roller skaters and walkers will all enjoy the six-mile multiuse Trolley Trail, connecting the communities of Milwaukie and Gladstone in a paved and gravel path that winds close to the river and passes through some charming neighborhoods, following a historic streetcar route that ran in the early 1900s.

Ithaca enjoys camping, hiking, local craft beer or just hanging out at home with her pet hedgehog, Hazel. Her role at Mt. Hood Territory includes coordinating the Tap Trail and Wine Trail and creating inspirational travel content.

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