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Milo McIver State Park
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Milo McIver State Park © Bill Beer
Milo McIver State Park © Bill Beer
Milo McIver State Park Reflections in the lake © Bill Beer
Milo McIver State Park The Clackamas from the boat ramp © Bill Beer
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Springwater Road

Phone: 503
Toll Free: 800-551-6949
Reservations: 503-630-7150
Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, McIver State Park is only 45 minutes away from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities.

Within this little-known gem, you can spend a day or a week exploring the river, forest and fields. River-lovers can challenge the sometimes wild (but always picturesque) Clackamas river with rafts, canoes or kayaks.

Prefer to stay dry? You can hike, or ride your horse. Still too sweaty for you? Spend a lazy afternoon playing the year-round, 18-hole disc golf course. Discs for putting and driving are available at the park.

If you're planning a special gathering, reservable picnic sites with a shelter are available. If you just need to get away for a while, individual and group campsites are waiting for you. While staying at McIver during the summer, we have family-oriented interpretive programs -- from guided hikes to nature crafts. An annual civil war re-enactment occurs every April. Over 300 actors participate.

McIver State Park offers something for everyone. See you there!
History of the Area
Located in Estacada, Oregon, this 951-acre park was established in the year 1963. Named after Milo K. McIver who served on the first State Parks Commission from its inception until his death in 1962 and contributed significantly to developing state parks throughout Oregon.

The land for the park was acquired between 1955 and1986 through purchase from private owners as well as a gift of Clackamas County lands that were originally purchased with federal funds under provisions of The Housing Act Of July15th,1949 (Public Law171-81st Congress).

In addition to being an outdoor recreational haven offering activities such as fishing, boating or horseback riding among others; it also hosts one of only two official disc golf courses within Portland metropolitan area which is considered world-class by enthusiasts worldwide due its challenging terrain features including steep hillsides & dense forests along riverbanks where players must navigate their discs accurately while avoiding water hazards like ponds or streams running across fairways at various points during play.

 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
1. Tent Camping: There are 44 electrical sites with water and nine tent sites available within the park.

2. RV Camping: The park also provides facilities for Recreational Vehicles (RVs). It has an RV dump station, but no sewer hookups.

3. Group Campsites: For larger groups or family gatherings, there is one group campsite that can accommodate up to 24 people at once.

4. Horse Campground: If you're traveling with horses, Milo McIver State Park features three horse campsites as well.

5. Hiker/Biker Campgrounds: These are special areas designated specifically for those who arrive on foot or by bike without vehicle support.

All these camping spots come equipped with picnic tables and fire rings/grills along with access to restrooms/showers nearby.
1. Milo McIver State Park offers a designated swimming area in the Clackamas River.
2. The river's current can be strong; caution is advised for swimmers.
3. Life jackets are recommended due to deep water and swift currents.
4. There are no lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk.
5. Swimming outside of the marked areas is not allowed for safety reasons.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat ramp available, providing access to the Clackamas River which is popular among rafters and kayakers due to its challenging rapids. The Estacada Lake within the park also provides opportunities for non-motorized watercraft such as canoes or paddle boards. Fishing from boats on this lake is permitted too.
Enjoy fishing in the Clackamas River, known for its steelhead, Chinook and coho salmon. Trout is also available seasonally.

Milo McIver State Park offers picnic tables, grills and shelters. Enjoy a meal by the Clackamas River or Estacada Lake.
Biking enthusiasts can explore a variety of trails. However, caution is advised due to varying terrain and difficulty levels.

The park offers both paved roads suitable for leisurely rides as well as challenging off-road paths.

Mountain bikers should be prepared for steep inclines on some routes which require advanced skills and fitness level.

Riders are urged to wear helmets at all times while biking within the park's boundaries for safety reasons.

It's important that cyclists respect trail closures during certain seasons or weather conditions in order to preserve natural habitats.

Remember, sharing the path with hikers and horseback riders requires courtesy from every cyclist too.
1. Riverbend Trail: This is a 2-mile trail that runs along the Clackamas River, offering beautiful views of the water and surrounding forest.

2. Vortex Loop Trail: A moderate difficulty level hike with an elevation gain of about 400 feet over its length of approximately three miles; it offers stunning vistas from atop viewpoints.

3. Estacada Lake Shoreline Pathway: An easy walking path around Estacada lake which provides opportunities for bird watching and fishing as well as scenic picnic spots by the lakeside.

4. Bat Trail (Trail #8): Named after bat houses installed in trees to promote habitat restoration, this short but steep half mile trail takes you through dense forests filled with Douglas fir trees.

5. Cedar Grove Nature Trial: It's a self-guided nature walk where hikers can learn more about local flora and fauna via interpretive signs placed throughout this one-mile loop track.

6. Rivermill Dam Overlook Hike: Short quarter mile trek leading up to panoramic view points overlooking river mill dam on clackamas river.

7. Maple Ridge Trails: These are multi:use trails open for horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking spanning across several miles within park boundaries providing diverse terrain experience ranging from flat meadows to uphill climbs.

8. Disc Golf Course Walkways: Though primarily designed for disc golf players these paved pathways also serve dual purpose allowing casual strolls amidst lush greenery.

9. Equestrian Loops: Specifically designated equestrian paths winding through wooded areas suitable both seasoned riders & beginners alike.

10. Fisherman's Bend Campground Paths: Ideal spot near camping area featuring multiple small footpaths perfect exploring nearby wildlife habitats at leisurely pace.
The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 170 species recorded. It features a variety of habitats including forest, riverine and wetland areas that attract different types of birds such as ospreys, bald eagles and various waterfowl. Birdwatchers can explore the trails or use viewing platforms for optimal sightings.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 5 Beautiful views by Bill Beer
park review stars; one to five Great views of both Mt St Helens and Mt Hood from the viewpoint. Lovely woodland trail down to the river. Beautiful fall colours reflecting in the lake above the dam.
February 13 Beautiful Disc Golf Course
park review stars; one to five I spent a delicious afternoon with friends in light disc golf competition at McIver Park recently. We enjoyed every minute of the delicious greenery, lush trees, gorgeous Clackamas River views, and fresh air. Thanks for keeping this park alive and accessable!
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1. Start by heading southeast on I:205 S.
2. Take exit 12A to merge onto OR:212 E/OR-224 E toward Clackamas/Estacada.
3. Continue driving for approximately 15 miles until you reach the town of Carver.
4. In Carver, turn left onto Springwater Rd and continue straight for about 7 miles.

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