The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Cascade Locks to Troutdale.

38th Annual Picnic in Paradise

38th Annual Picnic in Paradise
Bring your family and friends for this annual summer picnic party! (photo: Mike Drewry)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thunder Island at Marine Park in Cascade Locks, OR
SW Portage Road
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
Family Friendly

Enjoy a summer afternoon in the heart of the Gorge relaxing on Thunder Island. This free, family-friendly event will feature live music by the Cool Whips, a delectable potluck buffet, short walks, and update by Friends staff and board. 

Please bring:

  • Potluck dish to serve 8-12 people and serving ware. If your last name begins with: A-M bring a side dish | N-Z bring a main dish. 
  • Lawn chair or blanket, and optional frisbee
  • Your own plate, cup and utensils
  • Friends and family!
  • We will provide beverages (beer, lemonade & water) and dessert.

Event Schedule

More details to come - check back soon!

Optional Carpool/Ride Request

If you are interested in carpooling or need a ride to the picnic, please contact Kate Lindberg at or 971-634-1265.

Ride the Columbia Gorge Express

Consider taking the Columbia Gorge Express to the picnic. Hop on the bus at Gateway Transit Center at 10:15 a.m. and you’ll arrive at Cascade Locks (WaNaPa Street & School Drive) around 11:15 a.m. You can purchase tickets in advanced.

Driving Directions

  • From Cascade Locks, continue on WaNaPa Street for .6 miles from the west or .8 miles from the east.
  • Turn onto SW Portage Rd taking you into the Marine Park. 
  • Travel under the railroad bridge and look for "Friends of the Columbia Gorge" signs.
  • Park and follow the signs to the island.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Port of Cascade Locks have partnered together to offer this event at this unique venue. 

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