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Father's Day Activities

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The author of Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon talked to Tra' Renee about fun activities you can do with your Dad for Father's Day.

  • Fishing
  • Hagg Lake: This reservoir south of Forest Grove, an easy drive from Portland’s west side, has produced several Oregon state fishing records for smallmouth bass (including the current one) and even the state’s largest bullhead catfish. It also has a very popular fishery for stocked rainbow trout and plentiful panfish. The lake opens to fishing in early March and closes before Thanksgiving; see regulations booklet for exact dates.
  • Tree to Tree Adventure Park at Hagg Lake has an abundance of options. The park not only has a zipline course, but also aerial obstacle courses where you can rappel, walk across tight ropes and wobbly bridges, even zipline, all while safely harnessed. Tree to Tree Adventure Park is a great time for anyone, but it’s the perfect place for team building exercises or family outings. The aerial obstacle course comes in three different difficulty levels to ensure everyone is comfortable with the challenge. This place is an absolute joy, plan to be there a while.
  • (Indoor) Mountain Biking
  • The Lumberyard is the Northwest’s premier indoor bike park. The Lumberyard caters to all skill levels including those whose wheels have never touched a trail. The environment is friendly and inclusive and has just about everything you could ever want to improve your skills: jump lines, pump tracks, skill sections, and areas for technical riding. Plus pizza & beer.
  • Disc Golf
  • Just after the quaint, Mayberry-esque main drag of St. Johns, Lombard street gives way to residential development; and just before residential surrenders to industrial, there is an exquisitely designed multi-use recreation area, Pier Park. A park home to what is perhaps the best in-city disc golf course in Portland.
  • Hiking
  • Everybody makes fun of dad for being old. Whether he is or not, he probably has an appreciation for other things that have withstood the test of time and continue to thrive. Like old-growth trees. The giants along the Salmon River Trail provide shade, shelter, and food for the forest and its inhabitants. Some serious dad / forest parallels going on, but also a great family-friendly hike.
  • Bowling
  • What dad doesn’t like to bowl? It’s a sport you can play while eating pizza and drinking beer. But there are a lot of options these days. Some bowling alleys have gastropubs and craft cocktails. Others are more family friendly, offering additional activities like laser tag or arcade games.