Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination. These retreats in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho invoke the mythic best of the Northwest.

09/13/2022 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Transit

Frog Ferry: Dead in the Water

The recurrent fantasy of a Willamette River commuter ferry is back to being just a pipe dream, after local boosters give up on its latest iteration.

09/06/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Swimming

Portland Is a Beach Town. It's True.

But which in-the-city river beach or dock—Poet’s, Audrey McCall, Sellwood, Cathedral, Tom McCall Bowl, or Duckworth Dock—is right for you and your crew?

07/27/2022 By Margaret Seiler, Michelle Harris, and Matthew Trueherz

Travel

This Tiny 'Cocoon Cottage' on the Oregon Coast Isn't Quite Open Yet, But It’s Already TikTok Famous

The owner’s other handbuilt Airbnb rentals include a giant potato in Idaho, a hobbit hole in Washington, and a treehouse in Hawaii.

07/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Summer Fun

The Big Float Is Bringing the Party to the Willamette River for One Last Hurrah

A summer tradition in Portland, this year is both the 10th anniversary and the final installment for the flotilla of unicorn floaties, big yellow ducks, and more.

07/05/2022 By Michelle Harris

Real Estate

Property Watch: A Charming Floating Home on Sauvie Island

Classic cabin vibes meet nautical themes on this wood-lined two-story river house on the Willamette's Multnomah Channel.

07/05/2022 By Melissa Dalton

Get Out

19 Great Swimming Holes within 3 Hours of Portland

Drive to Hagg Lake, the Wilson River, Rooster Rock State Park, and more swimming holes near Portland, Oregon.

06/29/2022 By Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, Caleb Diehl, and Kasey Cordell

Swimming Holes

Take a Hike to a Swimming Hole

Combine water and a walk, short or long, with a visit to Lacamas Park, Mosier Creek Falls, Metzler Park, or lakes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

06/08/2022 By Michelle Harris and Margaret Seiler

Swimming Holes

Columbia River Swim Spots and Beaches Under 90 Minutes from Portland

From Jones Beach to Rooster Rock to the Hood River waterfront, the Columbia River is big enough for everyone to find a beach and take a dip.

05/31/2022 By Margaret Seiler, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Julia Silverman

History

The Day The Dalles Dam Silenced Celilo Falls

Wilbur Slockish recounts when The Dalles Dam flooded Celilo Falls, the site of a centuries-old intertribal fishing and commerce market.

03/09/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Watersports

Sup, SUPers? Grab Your Board. We're Going Paddling.

Paddle up at Lost Lake, Hood River, Sellwood Waterfront Park, and more.

08/18/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

Beat the Heat with Whitewater Rafting

Get ready to ride the rapids on the North Santiam, White Salmon, the Clackamas, the Deschutes, and the McKenzie Rivers.

08/12/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

All Aboard

Soon, You Can Cruise the Willamette Aboard a 'Yacht Tub'

The 350-gallon floating soaking tubs will be available for rent starting later this month

08/05/2021 By Julia Silverman

Water Sports

Kayaking within Reach: A Guide for the Newbie

Looking to get your oars wet? These paddle tips from first-timer will steer you in the right direction.

07/28/2021 By Leah Altman

Outdoors

Oregon's Stupendous, Incredible, Magnificent Lake Country

Where to camp, hike, paddle, float from Mt Hood favorites like Timothy and Lost Lakes to Central Oregon gems to mighty Crater Lake National Park.

07/13/2021 By Kiva Hanson, Reina Harwood, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Benjamin Tepler

Lake Country

Swimmer’s Itch, Giardia, and More Can Ruin a Good Lake Trip

To lessen your risk, towel off quickly and avoid drinking untreated water.

07/12/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Lake Country

What Does Your Swim Float Say About You?

If the swan is your choice, we’re not saying you’re evil, but....

07/10/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Transit

Is This the Portland Commuter River Ferry the Prophecy Foretold?

Frog Ferry has gotten farther than past efforts and could actually launch next year. Here are 5 reasons why.

06/11/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Winter Adventures

Enjoy the Calm of Ice Fishing in the Northwest

All you need is an auger, a short rod and reel, lures, and a bucket to sit on.

12/12/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

A New Swimmable, Loungeable Beach Is Open Under the Hawthorne Bridge

The Human Access Project's Audrey McCall Beach offers lifeguard-protected swimming on the east side.

07/23/2019 By Brendan Nagle