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Kelley Point Park

Park
This park is currently open to motor vehicle traffic and open for public use. We urge all park visitors to pack out what they bring in.
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No swimming or entering the water at Kelley Point Park

Park users are prohibited from entering the water at Kelley Point Park due to unsafe and unpredictable conditions.

Size in acres

104.69

Year acquired

1984

History

New Englander Hall Jackson Kelley (1790-1874) was one of the most vocal advocates for Oregon in the first half of the 19th 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, he spent most of his life bitterly trying to win notice - and payment - for having sparked American interest in the Pacific Northwest.

Kelley visited Oregon briefly in 1834. During that time, Sellwood, Milwaukie, and Oregon City were all vying with Portland to be the main city at the north end of the Willamette. Among these was Kelley's unsuccessful attempt to establish a city at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. In 1926 this site was named Kelley Point.

Kelley Point Park was originally owned by the Port of Portland which covered the flood-prone peninsula with tons of river dredgings. The site that was once envisioned as a city is now a park on an isolated tip of land.

Reservations available

Picnic site

Park Location or Entrance

N Marine Drive and Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203

Open hours

Park Hours: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Park users are prohibited from entering the water at Kelley Point Park due to unsafe and unpredictable conditions. To reserve a picnic area, call 503-823-2525.

Picnic Site Maps & Info

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Restroom
Historical Site
Picnic Table
Statue or Public Art
Vista Point
Riverfront Views
Paths (Paved)
Paths (Unpaved)
Trails (Hiking)

City section

North