Description - The classic summer place, Dabney has been a popular cooling-off swimming and picnic spot for over 50 years. It's easy to see why when you visit.
- The lower, older part of the park at the west end features an asphalt trail leading down to a classic swimming hole. Large picnic tables and electric cooking stations are on hand and fill up quickly on hot days. The newer parts of the park feature a covered, reservable picnic shelter and trails winding through tall bamboo, horsetail, cottonwoods and alders.
Check out the new disc golf course, made possible through a partnership with the Oregon Disc Sports Association. You'll find a boat ramp near the swimming area. It's open to boaters year-round.
Vital stats: The park includes an 18-hole disc golf course. There is a small daily day-use fee for the park, or buy an annual permit for access to all state park day-use areas. Call 1-800-551-6949 for information.
Recreation - Dabney offers opportunities for picnicking, swimming, boating, hiking, disc golf, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, and enjoying nature.
Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.
Dabney is located east of Portland in the Columbia Gorge, four miles east of Troutdale, off the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway.