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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Poet's Beach and Summer River Swimming

SWIMMING AT POET'S BEACH ON THE WILLAMETTE RIVER

New this summer on the Willamette River - Poet’s Beach - a river swimming beach open July 12 through Labor Day (Sept. 4), 2017.

LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY DAILY:
Starting July 12 through Labor Day (Sept. 4), 2017; 8 hours per day, 7 days a week.

LOCATION:
Poet’s Beach is located in South Waterfront Park on the west side of the Willamette River, just under the I-5 Marquam Bridge.


Map of Poet's BeachGETTING THERE:

    • Walk, roll, or bicycle along the South Waterfront Park Trail.
       

    • Use public transit:
      - Nearest Portland Streetcar stop:
         SW River Pkwy & Moody
      - Nearest TriMet bus stops:
         Bus lines 35 and 36
       

    • Arrive by car:
      - Nearest road intersection is
         SW Moody Ave and SW River Pkwy.
      - Paid vehicle parking is available
         in the area

View a larger map of Poet's Beach


RIVER CONDITIONS:

Remember, river swimming means colder water, and currents change depending on the tide, river level, and wind. Safety is our top priority, if you are not a strong swimmer, consider a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

For river swimming safety tips, click here.