Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site

Park History

The original land for this park was given to the state by Multnomah County in 1936. Later tracts were purchased from the State Land Board and private owners up to 1951. In 1961, S. H. and Ellen B. Martin gave an additional small portion. The park is named for the explorers Lewis and Clark, who on November 3, 1805, examined the Sandy River and noted the treacherous sand bar at the channel entrance. Their name, "Quicksand River," was shortened in common usage to Sandy River.

Acreage: 54

Annual day-use attendance: 346,830


Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site FAQ

General

Did you know in 2012 our park participated in customer surveys?

According to a 2012 survey of park visitors:

91% of our customers describe being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall experience at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site.

92% of our customers reported that they were either "very likely" or "likely" to return to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site in the future.

One customer commented, "I love this park for day trips. Please don't change much. It is very clean & accommodating, has just enough facilities (picnic tables, bathrooms, garbage cans) and it is really important for me to have the off leash dog area. My dog loves it! We also love the hiking trails. "

What's Allowed

Can I bring alochol?

There is NO alcohol permitted on the Lewis and Clark Beach.  It is allowed in the park picnic areas.

Can I fly my drone in the park?

UAS IN STATE PARKS IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

UAS shall be limited and/or prohibited in Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge by reason of the following:
1. Interfere with other, established forms of recreation.
2. Endanger a natural or cultural resource.  (This includes disturbance of sensitive wildlife.)
3. Pose a risk to people or property.

ALLOWED PROPERTIES when following UAS GUIDELINES

Visitors following these UAS Guidelines are allowed to fly UAS in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• George W. Joseph State Natural Area
• Dalton Point State Recreation Site
• Mitchell Point (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)
• Mayer State Park (East, West, and Middle)
• Post Canyon (Wygant State Natural Area, Vinzenz Lausman Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area)

UAS are allowed seasonally, between October 1 and May 31, in the following Oregon State Park properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (ALLOWED ONLY WEST of the main office restroom)
• Benson State Recreation Area

PROHIBITED PROPERTIES

UAS are prohibited in the following Oregon State Park properties in the Columbia River Gorge:
• Rocky Butte State Scenic Corridor
• Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site
• Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint
• Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
• Rooster Rock State Park (PROHIBITED EAST of the main office restroom, allowed seasonally WEST)
• Lower Latourell Falls (Guy W. Talbot State Park)
• Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area
• Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
• Angel's Rest Trailhead
• Ainsworth State Park
• Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (Including:  John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor, Bonneville State Scenic Corridor, Toothrock Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Hatfield West Trailhead, and Hatfield East Trailhead)
• Wyeth State Recreation Area (Undeveloped)
• Starvation Creek State Park
• Viento State Park
• Koberg Beach State Recreation Site
• Memaloose State Park
• Memaloose Overlook
• Rowena Crest

UAS are prohibited between June 1 and September 30 in the following properties:
• Dabney State Recreation Area
• Rooster Rock State Park (All areas)
• Benson State Recreation Area

SPECIAL USE PERMITS

UAS may be authorized in “Prohibited” Oregon State Park properties under agreed upon conditions, with a valid Special Use Permit signed by the park manager.  14 days of notice are required.  Special Use Permits may be considered for reasons such as scientific research, natural or cultural resource mapping, search and rescue, marketing, facility inspections, and/or similar activities.

SPECIAL USE PERMITS FOR FLYING UAS
  Request permits at the following locations:
Rooster Rock State Park Office, 503-695-2261
Viento State Park Office, 541-374-8811

Once permitted, please follow the “Columbia River Gorge Oregon State Parks:  UAS Guidelines” stated below and carry your Special Use Permit on you when flying your drone in parks.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE OREGON STATE PARKS:  UAS GUIDELINES

Know Where to Fly
• UAS may only be flown in areas and during dates listed as “Allowed” in the “UAS in Oregon State Parks, Columbia River Gorge:  Park Listing and Guidelines” and with a signed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines.
• UAS must be flown away from any structures, trees, or overhead obstacles.
• Flying must comply with all FAA regulations and guidance.  http://www.faa.gov/uas/
Protecting Wildlife and the Environment
• Do not fly over or near wildlife.  Intentionally disturbing animals during breeding, nesting, rearing, or other critical life functions is not allowed.
Fly Safely, Stay in Control
• Keep your UAS in your sight at all times.
• Keep your UAS away from populated and noise-sensitive areas such as campgrounds, trailheads, and visitor centers.
• Remain 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property including but not limited to parking lots, trail heads, restrooms, picnic shelters, park offices, park shop yards, park utility buildings, and heavily traveled roadways.
• Do not interfere with other recreational users; yield to people who were there before you.
• Obey all privacy laws.

Following these guidelines does not transfer liability or responsibility for safe UAS operations from you as the UAS owner to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or the State of Oregon.  The immunities provided by ORS 105

Animals

Can I bring my pet?

Yes! But please have on leash at all times.  There is an off leash area behind the restroom building at the east end of the park.


Statewide FAQ

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