Kelley Point Park Slough Launch

Launch Point

About this location

  • NOAA Chart
  • 18525

  • Water trail
    Columbia River
    Columbia Slough
  • River Mile
  • 102

  • Restrooms
  • Yes

  • Parking Type
  • Day (The entry gate is locked each night although vehicles can exit after it is closed)

  • Tidal influence
  • Low water levels combined with low tide reveal a muddy bottom that can make launching and landing difficult

  • Launch Type
  • Launch Fees
  • None

Unimproved non-motorized launch near the mouth of the Columbia Slough and the Willamette/Columbia confluence at Kelley Point Park. The parking lot is small, and it can be a tangled portage down to the water from your car, not to mention potentially difficult parking when the site is busy. The 104-acre park offers paved and unpaved trails, picnic tables, restrooms, a reservable picnic area, and grassy areas for frisbee or the like. Launching from Kelly Point Park into the Willamette or Columbia is not allowed.

New Englander Hall Jackson Kelley (1790-1874), was one of the most vocal advocates for Oregon in the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1828 he published Settlement on the Oregon River, and nine more pamphlets on a similar theme over the next 40 years. A bit deranged, Kelley visited Oregon briefly in 1834. He spent the rest of his life bitterly trying to win notice - and payment - for having sparked American intersest in the Pacific Northwest.

Site owner
Portland Parks and Recreation


Kelly Point Park Driveway near North Marine Drive and Lombard
Portland, OR 97203
United States

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