Water Activities

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With over 150 lakes and 14 Wild & Scenic Rivers, Mt. Hood National Forest abounds with water-related recreational activities! Select Swimming to learn more about popular swimming and wading areas, Boating - Non-Motorized to explore kayaking and rafting opportunities, or Boating - Motorized to see which areas on the Forest allow the use of motorized watercrafts, powered by gas or electric.


  • PWCs, or motorized personal watercrafts, are prohibited in all bodies of water in Mt. Hood National Forest. PWCs include jet skis, sea doos, water scooters, waverunners, etc.


Unlike swimming pools, wild bodies of water like rivers and lakes can have currents, underwater hazards, and dramatic temperature variations. When you're having fun on or around natural water, remember these safety precautions:

  • Always wear a life jacket and make sure it fits properly.
  • Go with a buddy, even if you are an experienced swimmer.
  • Keep a close eye on children in the water at all times.
  • Know the risks of natural bodies of water.
  • Swim and boat sober.


Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for children 0-4 years, and the 4th single leading cause of death for those 5-18 years. Please take water safety seriously!

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities