Rock Creek Park is a popular site for windsurfing, kiteboarding, wing surfing/foiling, and more. A dedicated parking lot connects to a gravel beach at the mouth of Rock Creek, where the wind blows to some degree almost every day.
There are picnic benches and a port-a-potty. On windy days in summer, the parking lot can fill up, so plan accordingly.
This is an advanced launch site, and NOT suitable for novices.
Please observe the posted notice showing where and where not to leave your gear.
Parking in the park itself requires a $5 day pass or a $30 seasonal pass, available at Mosier Market at 1010 1st Ave., just across from Totem Plaza. Parking is free outside the park entrance, along Rock Creek Rd.
Winter flooding sometimes prevents access to the park.
Rock Creek Park
This gravel beach at the mouth of Rock Creek is the easiest place to reach for swimming in Mosier, and has a beautiful view of this section of the Columbia River. Since it’s also popular for watersports, be prepared to pay attention to that activity; you might want to choose a day with low wind.
Note that parking in the park itself requires a $5 day pass or a $30 seasonal pass, available at Mosier Market at 1010 1st Ave., just across from Totem Plaza. Parking is free outside the park entrance, along Rock Creek Rd.
Mosier Falls Swimming Hole
As Mosier Creek carves its canyon between bluffs on the east and south sides of the town, it flows over two waterfalls, and between them lies Mosier’s rocky swimming hole.
See the Mosier Plateau Trail section in the Hiking page for more about the location and trail to reach it. You’ll have to scramble down a steep rocky hillside to reach the water – and then back up.
Please always stay on the trail and clean your boots before and after you hike. Hikers are a common vector for spreading invasive seeds.
Fun fact: This waterfall powered the saw mill constructed in 1854 when Josiah Mosier settled here.
Warning: in later summer and fall, algae coats the rocks in the water and makes them slippery.