The Course

Start: Sellwood Riverfront Park
Finish: Cathedral Park

The Portland Bridge Swim course is approximately 11 miles (17 km) with the current. Swimmers will enter the water at Sellwood Riverfront Park (SE 7th Ave & Miller St, Portland), swim South under the Sellwood Bridge, pass around the bridge pylons and swim North along the East side of the river. The course runs under all 11 of Portland’s Willamette River bridges, through downtown and beyond. Swimmers will pass under the St. John’s bridge and exit the water via the boat ramp in Cathedral Park (N Edison & Pittsburg Ave, Portland).

2017 Important Dates

Race Date: July 9, 2017
Registration Opens: January 1st, 2017

The Portland Bridge Swim will take place on July 9, 2017. High tide on race day is predicted to be at 6:46am, with low tide at 4:28 pm. That means that swimmers will have an excellent downstream ride this year! To avoid the heaviest boat traffic as much as possible, the swim will start at 7:30 am. To ensure a safe and orderly start, swimmers will take off in waves of 20.

Registration is Now Open 

Other Important Information

Operated under USMS Sanction # 377-W001

Water Temp:

Water temperature is expected to be between 66 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the current water temperature at the Morrison Bridge.