Once the hub of Oregon’s iron industry in the late 1800s, Lake Oswego is now an affluent suburb of Portland. The famed Clackamas Indians once occupied this area, and the lake was named by them, originally called Waluga, or wild swan. This sweet town features all the amenities you would expect, coupled with lake life, including fishing, boating, paddle sports and more. The town is proud of its annual celebrations and events, including the Star Spangled Parade, Movies in the Park, Sounds of Summer concerts, and the Christmas Tree Lighting (including the fun Tinseltown Trolley). Get to know this area and book an RV in Lake Oswego, OR, today.
Sites and Scenery
It’s hard to find a place with more outdoor activities than the Lake Oswego/Portland area. The city of Lake Oswego has, in fact, created a recreation loop system of running/walking/biking pathways around the community; each connect neighborhoods with parks, schools, and commercial centers. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Oswego on the miles and miles of tree-lined paved pathways, while getting some great fresh air and physical exercise.
Favorite pathways include the Old River Road Pathway, with its scenic route along the Willamette River. Another great path to check out is the Lake Loop, which takes you all the way around Oswego Lake. The beautiful clear waters of the lake are visible from many scenic views, as the route weaves around the perimeter.
Explore expansive lava fields at Cooks Butte - Stevens Meadows regional park, home of an extinct volcano rising 718 feet above the immediate area. You can hike, bike or walk along two miles of trails that are part of the much larger Stafford Basin Pathway and Trail System. Stevens Meadows is a beautiful open area with another path that circles the butte site. You can easily access this area in your Lake Oswego rental RV, from the small parking area just off of Atherton Road. There are moderate elevation gains, but it’s doable for most folks.
Also nearby is the Bryant Woods Nature Park, a gorgeous wildlife-rich area with seasonal wetland and meadows as well as an upland forest area. Make sure to visit the natural spring. Bordered by Oswego Canal, you can get to this area in your Lake Oswego rental camper by parking on Childs Road. Nearby Canal Acres is an undeveloped natural area with a trail that links to others in the area. River Run, which also borders this area, as well as the Tualatin River, is the site of the historic Oswego Canal, and offers great wildlife viewing, bird watching, and more, with relatively flat, easily accessible trails.
Just a little out of town, check out the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. This suburban nature preserve has a walking trail and a lovely visitors center with educational workshops, displays, and interactive exhibits. The clean, well-maintained trails weave throughout the park - make sure to bring your binoculars to help identify all the birds you’ll see. Viewing platforms allow you to take in the views, and the staff is happy to answer any questions you have.
Ninety minutes southwest in your Lake Oswego rental motorhome is the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, near Lincoln City, OR. This is a truly unique spot that contains at least seven different types of habitat, from ocean tidal marshes to tidal mudflats, grasslands to woodlands, and pasture with forested peat bogs. There are interesting and unusual species of plants and animals, including the insect-eating sundew plant and bog cranberries. Chinook and coho salmon are all native to the Nestucca Bay, as well as coastal cutthroat trout, so this is also a great place to drop a line. You might also see notable winged natives like peregrine falcons and bald eagles. Hiking, kayaking, hunting, wildlife viewing, and photography are all popular activities here.
A 90-minute drive southwest in your Lake Oswego motorhome rental will land you at Knight County Park, right on the Salmon River, which offers a public boat launch, great hiking trails, boat and canoe tours of the Salmon River Estuary, and Citizen Science demonstrations. Parking is plentiful here, so you won’t have any problems getting in and out.
There is so much to do in this area, between what Lake Oswego has to offer, as well as the Rose City of Portland. From fine museums, shopping districts, great food, and performing arts events, you’ll find lots of great places to go in when you rent an RV in Lake Oswego.
A favorite local gem is the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, an adorable cottage that has been decorated and rebuilt with the local history of the Lake Oswego region. Before tiny houses were cool, this “workers cottage” was built out of necessity, and the display and exhibits keep this part of Lake Oswego’s pioneer past alive.
Take a trolley ride and learn about the Willamette Shore Trolley history while enjoying a relaxing trip along the shores of the Willamette River. This is a pretty 10.5-mile ride from Lake Oswego to SW Portland and features fabulous views as well as truly unique railroad attractions. Parking is available at the trolley station, and at the nearby public lot. Depending on the size of your Lake Oswego camper rental, you can also find parking at the Lake View Village shopping center.
Kids of all ages love the Portland Children’s Museum, a great spot to spend the day when you are traveling with youngsters. There are lots of fun activities for the kids to explore and play and use their imaginations. Kids also love the outdoor play area, with sand and mud pits for the kids to get dirty. There are places to paint, blow bubbles, and you can easily visit the zoo right across the street.
Oregon Zoo is one of the few zoos in the country that has been supported by the community since 1888. A world leader in animal conservation and welfare, this is a wonderful zoo. Constantly improving their grounds, visitors love the unique collection of animals, many in natural habitats. Some consider this to be one of the best zoos of this size and while you’re there, make sure to check out the kids' programs, and special events, from summer concerts to Christmas lights.
For a truly unique experience, make sure to check out the National Hat Museum. You’ll see hats from Edwardian and Victorian periods, as well as hats from the ‘20s through the ‘50s. The museum curator provides a wonderful tour, and the pretty old house in a wonderful part of Portland just adds to the experience. Reservations are required, but truly worth your effort.
Where to Park It
You will find plenty of places to park your camper rental near Lake Oswego, with dozens of state, recreation, county, and national forest/park areas. You’ll also find many RV parks and resorts where you’ll have amenities like laundry facilities, restaurants, golf courses, and swimming pools. There are Walmart Supercenters located throughout the area, with the nearest in the nearby Tigard/Beaverton area, just northwest of Lake Oswego. You can park the Lake Oswego travel trailer rental for the night while you plan the next leg of your trip.
The Lake Oswego/Portland area is a foodie's paradise. With an abundance of farmers markets, including the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market, which runs from mid-May through mid-October, and many others. You’ll find regional cuisine including Asian, Middle Eastern, and classics like Mexican and Italian. Superior produce is available, as well as artisan bread, cheeses, handcrafted sausages, fresh seafood and much more.
There really isn’t a better way to explore this part of the Pacific Northwest. Now’s the time to search for an RV rental in Lake Oswego, OR.