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

37th Annual Picnic in Paradise

37th Annual Picnic in Paradise
Bring your family and friends for this annual summer picnic party! (photo of 2016 Summer Picnic by Mike Drewry)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 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 Gorge, relaxing on Thunder Island. This free, family-friendly event will feature live music by the Gorge band Fields of May, a delectable potluck buffet, Preserve the Wonder activities, and a short program update by Friends staff.

Please bring:

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

Event Schedule

12:00 pm | Festivities begin, visit booths & participate in activities
12:20 pm | Potluck tent opens
12:30 – 1:30 pm | Enjoy music by Fields of May 
1:30 – 2:00 pm | Presentation by Friends Staff 
2:00 – 2:30 pm | Fields of May final set and two educational “walk & talks”
2:30 pm | Event concludes

Optional Carpool/Ride Request

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


  • From Cascade Locks, continue on Wa Na Pa St. for .6 miles from the west/.8 from the east.
  • Turn onto SW Portage Rd.
  • Travel under the railroad bridge.
  • Park and follow the signs to the island.

photo: Fields of May band members

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

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