The Willamette River and its nearby tributaries are one of the best things about the Canby area, especially in the summer. You can fish, swim, boat, or jet ski all within a couple miles of the city of Canby. The Willamette River, the Molalla River, and the Pudding River all run through Canby. You won’t have to look too hard to find a place to spend some time in or around the water. Canby’s proximity to the nearby rivers give locals and visitors alike plenty of spots to enjoy water.
Highway 99E (north of Canby)
Willamette Falls is a beautiful spot north of Canby. You can pull over and relax while you watch the Willamette River spill over the falls. It’s a picturesque scene that is just too beautiful to ignore.
Molalla River State Park
NE 37th Avenue, Canby, OR
Molalla River State Park combines a scenic drive, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing and a ferry ride all in one location. This natural area sits at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers that provides important habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, deer, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. One of the largest blue heron rookeries in the Willamette Valley is located here. Molalla River State Park has grassy field areas for picnics and games and a pet exercise area where you can let your dog run off leash. Fishing is a popular activity, and a boat ramp gives you convenient river access.
Canby Community Park
1348 S. Berg Road, Canby, OR
Situated by the Molalla River (near Safeway) this is a very natural park with picnic facilities, barbecue pits, playground equipment, a ball field and a fishing pond. Angling restricted to youth age 17 and under or holders of one of the Disabled Anglers permits.
Knights Bridge Park
Knights Bridge Road
Just before its convergence with the Willamette River, the Molalla River slows down into deep pools that are ideal spots to cool off during the hot, mid-summer months. Here, a wide embankment of pebbles next to the river is a great spot to pull out the camping chairs, have a picnic, and simply hang out with good friends. Come early, however, as tall, black cottonwoods line the river’s shore and will overshadow the river by mid-afternoon. Under Knights Bridge on the western edge of Canby, Oregon, this little park can be used for more than just a swimming hole. During times of higher water (fall through spring), Knights Bridge Park is also a great spot to put-in for a paddle. It’s a 3-mile float down to the Willamette and an additional 0.9 miles to the boat ramp at Molalla River State Park.