Milo McIver State Park turns 50


When Milo McIver State Park opened to the public in 1968, its green expanses and Clackamas River views invited Portland metropolitan residents and locals to relax and unwind in Estacada’s backyard park.

Much has changed in the past 50 years. At one time, you could see the Clackamas River and the agricultural land beyond as you pulled into the park’s long drive.  Trees and shrubs have filled in here, and along the banks of the Clackamas River.

Park facilities look much different, too. Maybe you remember when the first rendition of a picnic shelter opened, small covered structures just large enough for a sink and grill. Today, the park features new facilities such as a new boat ramp to Estacada Lake, a viewpoint overlooking the River Mill Dam, and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery.

Through all this change, one constant remains: Milo McIver is still a quiet respite from urban life. As you wind through the park’s long entrance drive, you immediately feel a world away. This park truly has something for everyone — places to boat, paddle and fish on the Clackamas River and Estacada Lake; 14 miles of trails for horses and hikers; a world-renowned 27-hole disc golf course; and much, much more.

In honor of this milestone birthday, join us for a special anniversary celebration on July 29, complete with birthday cake, guest speakers, historical photo exhibit and outdoor concert. Everything will take place at the newly remodeled Milo McIver Memorial Viewpoint — the very same spot where Gov. Tom McCall and a host of dignitaries gathered on June 7, 1968 to dedicate the park.

5:30 pm – Anniversary Celebration

7 pm – Concert  |  In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild