Washington County Parks
Hagg Lake Water Quality Update
TEST RESULTS NEGATIVE FOR CYANOTOXINS
Today, July 20, 2021, Washington County Facilities and Parks Services learned that cyanotoxins associated with seasonal Cyanobacteria (harmful algae) blooms were not detected in water samples taken on Thursday, July 15, from five separate locations around Hagg Lake. As recommended by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the samples were tested for four different cyanotoxins that could pose a health risk to people and pets recreating in bodies of water. Locations included Bobcat Cove, C-Ramp Recreation Area, Dam Overlook, Eagle Point Recreation Area and Sain Creek Recreation Area. All tests were negative for Anatoxin-a, Cylindrospermopsin, Microcystins and Saxitoxin.
Although these findings are very encouraging, Washington County continues to urge visitors to Scoggins Valley Park to use caution when recreating in Henry Hagg Lake—or any body of water—and be very familiar with Cyanobacteria blooms and related health concerns, especially when accompanied by children and pets.
View this media release on Washington County’s website.
SCOGGINS VALLEY PARK/HENRY HAGG LAKE
Located just 25 miles southwest of Portland, at the base of Oregon's beautiful coastal range, Hagg Lake offers visitors the best of outdoor recreational activities. Owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and maintained and operated by Washington County Parks, the park features numerous day use areas, two boat launching facilities, a fully stocked lake for fishing, more than 14 miles of hiking trails, reservable picnic shelters, 18 hole disc golf course and a 230- foot long ADA accessible fishing pier at the north end of C-Ramp Recreation Area is ideally suited for seasonal fishing. While the water level can fluctuate from year to year, and season to season, fishing from the pier can usually be done between March through August. The pier provides excellent views of the park year-round and is a great location for wildlife and nature photographers. Since the creation of Henry Hagg Lake in the mid-1970s, Washington County, the Bureau of Reclamation have shared a commitment to make the park user-friendly to every visitor. The physical address of the Park is 50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston, OR 97119.
Metzger Park is a seven-acre, fully accessible Park set in a forested environment. It features a variety of outdoor play equipment complete with outdoor basketball hoops, tennis courts, and playground including a slide, swings and other play structures as well.
The Park also includes 1,500 feet of interconnecting, paved pathways suitable for walking, exercise or nature watching. Nine picnic tables are scattered throughout the Park and two horseshoe pits are available for use as well.
It is conveniently located at the corner of Hall and Hemlock, just two minutes from Washington Square, at 8400 SW Hemlock Street Portland, OR 97223 (Corner of SW Hall Blvd. & SW Hemlock St.).
For questions regarding the Patricia D. Whiting Hall at Metzger Park, please contact the Park's Office at 503-846-7000.
Eagle Landing is a small half-acre parcel on the banks of the Tualatin River located just off of Rainbow Lane near Groner Elementary School. This Park was established through a government/private partnership involving a local Boy Scout Eagle Badge project. As part of the project requirements, the local Scout Troop 874 maintains the Park in perpetuity. In honor of the Eagle Scout project accomplishment, the Washington County Board of Commissioners named the Park “Eagle Landing.”
The amenities in the Park include a 12-vehicle gravel parking lot, a connecting gravel pathway, a trash receptacle, picnic table, and signage board with posted Park rules & regulations. The terminus of the pathway is on the east bank of the Tualatin River. The Park is open seven days a week year round.
By administrative policy, metal detecting (and related activities) and flying a drone without written permission are not permitted in Washington County Parks.
LOST AND FOUND
If you believe you may have lost an item at a Washington County Park call 503.846.7000.
Oregon Waterway Access Permits:
To help keep Oregon's lakes, rivers and streams free of destructive invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, boaters on Oregon waters are required to purchase a Waterway Access or Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) permit. More information can be found at https://myodfw.com/articles/waterway-access-and-aquatic-invasive-species-permits
The Park and Recreation Advisory Board provides citizen input on the operation, maintenance, use, and capital development of Washington County Parks. Click here for more information about, or serving on, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board.
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