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Dahl Beach Park is getting a face-lift with several projects designed to enhance the park for wildlife and improve safety for its visitors.


After Gladstone’s City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the project, the Port of Portland began moving forward with a $1.4 million project to remove the failing metal bulkhead at Dahl Beach in Gladstone. The project has been revised to save as many parking spots as possible since the objecting city councilors were worried about impacts to the parking area favored by local fishermen.

The city and port are hoping that the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers will have an enhanced fish habitat with projects to build a side channel and restore the shoreline, in addition to the bulkhead removal.

Project activities aim to provide off-channel resting areas for fish species, including steelhead, chinook salmon and coho salmon. Project areas will be replanted with native trees and shrubs this coming winter.

Construction will occur July 1 through Aug. 31. Project area impacts include:

Construction staging beginning July 1

Weekday-only beach closure for the Clackamas River Confluence Restoration from July 15-Aug. 5

Reduced parking at Dahl Beach parking lot area from Aug. 8-31

Reduced parking above bulkhead removal area from July 1-31

Out of safety concerns, it is requested that the public not enter active construction or staging areas. Those with project questions can contact Gladstone Public Works at 503-656-7957. Visit the Clackamas River Basin Council website to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the site, clackamasriver.org

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