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Best swimming in Portland … I think not

2 minutes
December 18, 2005
[![Kelly Point Park, Portland](/u/2007/03/11/kelly_point_park_portland_thumbnail.jpg) ](/u/2007/03/11/kelly_point_park_portland.jpg) Following up on the [visit to Sauvie Point](/archives/2005/12/11/best-swimming-in-portland/) last week, Becky and I went exploring the last two suggestions we have for Portland dog friendly beaches yesterday. We started off with a drive out to [Kelly Point Park](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.6463+-122.761&spn=0.021462,0.056099&iwloc=A&hl=en) on the northern tip of the island, an 'unofficial' dog friendly park where the dog leash rule is routinely flouted by the locals. Kelly Point Park has been carefully manicured for the city dweller trying to get back to a little bit of nature, it has concrete parking and paths so you don't have to get muddy, toilets in case you get caught short and bench tables for a civilized picnic. In short, if you like your nature tame, this could be the place for you. Swiftly moving on, we tried to find the beach recommended at [NE Marine & NE 148th, Portland](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=NE+148th+Ave+%26+NE+Marine+Dr,+Portland,+OR+97230&t=h&iwloc=A&hl=en). Having driven up and down Marine Drive for a while, it became obvious that the correct address was closer to 33rd & Marine, since the only accessible area was [Broughton Beach](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.600873,-122.618634&spn=0.020024,0.056099&iwloc=A&hl=en). I guess this might once have been a dog friendly beach, but looking at the signage (right), it's quite clear that pets are no longer welcome. Maybe it's just my English upbringing, but I really can't understand why so many west coast cities are trying to exclude dogs from their public spaces. :-( [![Broughton Beach, Portland](/u/2007/03/11/broughton_beach_portland_thumbnail.jpg) ](/u/2007/03/11/broughton_beach_portland.jpg)