Night Photography at the OMSI Dock

OMSI, Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole

This is an awesome photography spot in Portland with great reflections off of the river and is only about a two minute walk from parking.

Starting at OMSI, walk towards the Hawthorne bridge, and away from the Tillicum bridge. After about a tenth of a mile, you will see a dock and the Hawthorne bridge. Walk down on the dock, or take pictures from above. For added adventure, walk under the Hawthorne bridge and take pictures from the other side!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Rain Jacket (if raining)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Community Photos

+ Add Photos

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

Please be careful in this area. There has been a growing homeless population in this area. Last year I was taking my camera gear out of my car, parked right next to the fire station when I was attacked by a man with a metal pipe. He luckily missed three of his swings and I was able to get out of the way. After he backed me away from my car, he ran back and stole one of my luggage bags and ran away with it yelling. The police did nothing unfortunately, and didn't even look for him despite getting there within 2 minutes. I was on edge for the rest of the night photographing the bridges.... Please be careful, and make sure you're paying attention AT ALL TIMES to your surroundings down there.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

One of the best places to photograph Portland. Walking up and down the river near OMSI offers a great view and perspective. A must do for night photography in Portland.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great suggestion for this photography spot...I went and took beautiful photos! The river reflects the city really well.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Did this tonight!! Checking things off my photography bucket list. It is absolutely beautiful!! It was great practice for me as well. I need to work on my night photography as that is one area I am weaker in, and this was a beautiful place to practice. I will definitely be going back here again as I improve. The water reflections are insanely beautiful!! Don't pass this up!!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Austin Jackson Explorer

Photographer and adventurer living in Portland, Oregon. Contact: austinjamesjackson@hotmail.com

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

3 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

4 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

5 Saves