Workout Level: Variable
Sense of Reward: Eh. If you’re chasing boat wakes then the reward will be high.
Beverly and I discovered Hebb Park two winters ago when were out shooting some nature photography and stumbled onto the relatively new parking lot and small pier. It was glassy and calm then and it apparently stays that way a lot. The location is on a bend just southwest of the Narrows near Willamette Park so a good location to put in if your goal is the Narrows but the north winds are too frustrating to put in from the north. There is a steep, cement boat ramp and a wood foot ramp. The foot ramp could use some maintenance so sandals are recommended for a safer go into the river. The pier itself has a frustrating metal hand railing/framework that makes getting a SUP any further down the ramp but the very beginning a frustrating experience. An overhead board carry is about the only way to get to the pier proper. It is possible to put in where the ramp meets the water if you go in one board at a time though, which is what we did. The parking lot appears safe with plenty of car and boat trailer parking.
This stretch of water is very calm, at least in the summertime. Even when I was there in the wintertime though, the water was glassy and still. This is a very popular recreational boaters stretch of river though and they obviously own it. Don’t expect courtesy or boats slowing for your safety, this has been their stretch of river for years and it shows. If you’re a wake chaser though, this is a great spot. With the still water and water skiing boat traffic, there’s plenty of quality wakes to hunt down. The surrounding land is all privately owned and there’s plenty of private docks along the majority of this section of river. We didn’t encounter too many public areas along the river but there but Mollala River State Park is just west and the opposite bank with a very small boat ramp. The grounds themselves though look very inviting with plenty of groomed grass and room for barbecues.
Make a mental note of this location when the north winds are howling and you aren’t looking to downwind, this is a spot that apparently just doesn’t get smacked by the high winds much of the area faces on occasion.
Getting There: From Portland area, take Exit 10 off of 205 and then left towards old West Linn. Take a right on Willamette Falls Drive and then turn left on 12th Ave. It will veer right and turn into Tualatin Ave, then into SW Petes Mountain Road. Keep following the road for almost 4 miles (it winds and curves about through the hills). Go left on Riverwood Dr. and then follow the signs to Hebb Park. There is a $5 parking fee all year.