When temperatures rise in the summer, people flock to Clackamas County parks seeking relief from the heat. County parks such as Metzler, Feyrer, Eagle Fern, Barton, Wagonwheel and Knights Bridge are great places for County residents to stay cool and enjoy outdoor and water-based recreation activities.
Clackamas County would like to remind visitors that parking facilities at our parks can quickly fill up on hot summer days, particularly at popular park facilities along the Clackamas River.
Barton Park in the Boring area and the Carver Boat Ramp in Oregon City often reach full capacity in the summer months, especially on hot weekend days. When this happens, County Parks staff will close the area for a few hours or the rest of the day to help ensure the safety of all visitors.
“At some point on an extremely hot summer day, we can hit our full parking capacity by late morning and are forced to close the park to additional users. While several thousand people would like to access the river from the park, we also have responsibilities to those people staying with us in reserved camping and shelter areas,” says Clackamas County Parks Manager Rick Gruen.
When a closure becomes necessary, the county will publicize the closure on its website at clackamas.us/parks and through social media. People should avoid the area around the closed parks to help minimize traffic congestion.
The county encourages residents to visit other nearby county parks where less congestion occurs, such as Eagle Fern Park and Metzler Park. They both offer features such as day use, fishing, hiking and more.
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