- Located 30 miles east of Portland off Interstate 84 near Corbett, Oregon.
- Picnicking, swimming, fishing, and Frisbee golf are highlight activities here.
- Day-use area is open all year for a small fee; group shelter available.
The day-use Benson State Recreation Area forms a favorite family fun spot near the Columbia River Gorge. Picnicking is a primary activity here, and Benson Lake (where no motorboats are allowed) lies within the Recreation Area’s perimeter for row boating, swimming, and fishing. Benson is also a great spot for bigger groups, with a large reservable picnic shelter to accommodate group events.
Location & Information
Benson State Recreation Area is located about 30 miles east of Portland near the town of Corbett, Oregon. Take Interstate 84 to milepost 30 (just west of Multnomah Falls); Benson has eastbound access only off I-84, so those traveling west must take the next exit and double back. Benson Recreation Area is open all year except holidays. Minimal day-use park fees are assessed. For more information, call 1 (800) 551-6949.
- Picnicking, including a group shelter that can be reserved.
- Swimming and non-motorized boating in Benson Lake.
- Disc Golf: Benson has a Frisbee golf course for its visitors’ enjoyment.
- Fishing: Benson Lake is stocked with rainbow trout monthly. Around the first weekend in June, come to Benson’s annual Free Fishing Day.
- Golfing: Four 18-hole golf courses lie within a 20-mile radius of the Benson State Recreation Area.
Benson State Recreation Area is named for Simon Benson, a local lumber businessman who was instrumental in getting the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway built.