Audrey McCall Beach

Located on the east side of the Willamette just south of Hawthorne Bridge is a beach named after Audrey McCall (wife of late Governor Tom McCall). Over a four year period HAP removed 19 tons of concrete, slowly but surely revealing a sandy beach. 


HAP needed to get permission from eight separate agencies simply to remove concrete chunks.  In the end permission was given with the stipulation that no heavy mechanized equipment was used.  HAP organized volunteers (and partnered with Multnomah County inmate work crews) to remove concrete, glass and debris from the riverbank.


Audrey McCall Beach is a natural cove is an easy place to get into the river. You can also enter the water from the dock where kayakers, canoes and standup paddleboards often launch. 


In 2016 Human Access Project successfully advocated for $300,000 of funding for planning around creating an official public beach at this site. 


OPB Story on Audrey McCall Beach funding

Portland Tribune Story on Audrey McCall Beach

KATU story on Audrey McCall Beach


Please be sure to review Human Access Project's Willamette River Swimming Safety Guidelines before swimming.

Audrey McCall Beach before and After Photos

  • Before HAP's work at Audrey McCall Beach
  • After removal of 19 tons of concrete over 4 years

HAP Ringleader Willie gives swimming lesson at Audrey McCall Beach