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Oregon's Milo McIver State Park

Boats? Bats? This scenic park on the Clackamas River southeast of Portland has it all.

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The Clackamas River wends through scenic Milo McIver State Park.


Kayakers, disc golfers, anglers, equestrians: They all believe Milo McIver State Park, 45 miles southeast of Portland, was made just for them.

The scenic Clackamas River calls to anglers, though on hot days, folks in inner tubes outnumber fish. At the park’s Estacada Lake, rangers lead kayakers—who follow like baby ducks—on guided tours, offered through early September.

Equestrians feel equally welcome thanks to the large riding arena, equine obstacle course, and miles of horse-friendly trails. Hikers can enjoy post-picnic rambles and a self-guided bat trail, on which rare Townsend’s big-eared bats flutter as dusk approaches. Spot flying plastic disks (available from the ranger station) at the popular, 27-hole disc golf course.

Forested campsites may be reserved for overnight stays from mid-March through October—another way Milo McIver makes visitors feel special.

Photography by Victoria Ditkovsky/Shutterstock

This article was first published in September 2015. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.