Oxbow Regional Park is a
natural area park located ten miles (16 km) southeast of Troutdale along the Sandy
River in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Owned and operated by Metro
government, it hosts a yearly festival celebrating salmon.
The park offers a wide variety of activities, including swimming,
boating, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking. Fifteen miles of
hiking trails lead through an ancient forest with centuries-old
trees and ridges and ravines carved by volcanic and glacial flows.
, the park's
managing body, leads ancient forest walks, animal tracking
workshops, and wildflower and mushroom identification classes.
Year-round camping is available in the park's 67-site developed
Oxbow also offers opportunities to see wildlife and animal tracks.
The area’s natural habitat makes an ideal home for wildlife such as
, black bear
. In order to avoid confrontation with
wildlife, pets are not allowed in the park.
Oxbow Regional Park hosts the annual Salmon Festival, celebrating
the return of the Chinook salmon
while educating the public about the importance of intact,
functional aquatic ecosystems, protection of native salmon and
their habitat, and how fully functioning aquatic ecosystems can
have a positive and important influence on human quality of life.
One of the longest running and most recognized salmon festivals on
the West Coast, the Oxbow Salmon Festival has evolved into a
popular conservation educational event. The two-day event draws up
to 10,000 visitors who can see spawning salmon; enjoy music, food,
art, storytelling, and a fish maze; and encounter a variety of
traditional activities and cultural exhibits at Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum
village hosted by the fishing tribes of the Columbia Basin
, including the Nez Perce
- Metro: Oxbow Regional Park
- Metro: Camping at Oxbow
- USDA Forest Service NatureWatch Project
- TravelOregon.com - 24th Annual Salmon