Portland Dog Parks
rated by the Willamette Weekly-2018
Sellwood Riverfront Park
Sandy River Delta Park. Crown Point Highway, Troutdale. 1,400 acres, all off-leash except the Confluence Trail and parking lot.
Bonus for dogs: Racing other dogs to fetch sticks thrown into the shallow waters of the Sandy.
Drawbacks: You have to drive to Troutdale. Also, there's no escaping the mud. Bring Towels.
Southeast Spokane Street and Oaks Parkway. 8 acres with off-leash only on the main lawn.
Bonus for dogs: Striking regal poses against the backdrop of the Willamette River with downtown in the distance.
Drawbacks: The off-leash area doesn't include the waterfront. Few dog owners heed this.
Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Oak Street. 31 acres. Off-leash dog run abutting Oak Street.
Bonus for dogs: Chasing the ducks, jumping in the duck pond, watching the ducks swim in the deep water and daring them to come back to the shallows.
Drawbacks: There are fewer dog pals than at other parks. The off-leash area technically doesn't include the duck pond.
6336 SE Lincoln St. 190 acres. 4-acre off leash area at the bottom of the hill on the south side.
Bonus for dogs: Running ahead along the trails and hiding in the bushes until owners catch up.
Drawbacks: Parking is sparse near the dog park.
9360 N Columbia Blvd. 5.5 acre fenced dog park.
Bonus for dogs: Being able to run to the far edges of the park without being called back.
Drawbacks: The ground is pretty muddy in wet weather.
5208 SE 88th ave. A small off-leash area in the corner of a 38-acre park.
Bonus for dogs: Water spigots are provided for tired pups.
Drawbacks: Lent's Park's off-leash dog is a small, uneventful space in the corner of the park's grassy expanse.
6010 NE 37th Avenue. 26 acres, with a large off-leash area.
Bonus for dogs: Lots of other dogs to play with. Does have supply to water. But, on hot days they may be empty. Best to bring your own.
Drawbacks: The park has no fence and is very close to a busy street. For trusted dogs only.
Portland International Raceway
1940 N Victory Blvd. 300 acres, with a 3-acre of off-leash space.
When cars aren't whizzing around the track, dogs are free to race around on an endless grass field. But, bring water proof shoes. The raceway is located next wetlands, which turn the field to muck.
Bonus for dogs: The only things to do here are running fast and playing fetch.
Drawbacks: Other than open space, not much else.