Riverview Park is the largest park in Independence. Located downtown between C and B Street, the park is home to the Independence Amphitheater, the Bicycle-Boater Campground and a large playground. For mapping purposes, use 50 C Street to locate the park and provide driving directions.
Completed in 2005, the Riverview Park Amphitheater is the centerpiece of Riverview Park. In 2008, a sparkling fountain was added to the Plaza Level, welcoming visitors to Independence. The amphitheater hosts numerous events including the 8 week River’s Edge summer movie and concert series.
Riverview Park is also the starting point for the Willamette River Trail, a 5k soft-surface path that loops north along the Willamette River providing excellent river views and birdwatching. In 2014 a disc golf course was installed in Riverview Park.
Campground & Facility Rentals
Portions of the park and amphitheater can be rented by private individuals or organizations for private or public events. Download the Riverview Park Rental Form for the policies and forms related to park rentals.
In 2015, the Independence Biker/Boater Campground opened.
Independence’s Riverview Park is home to a biker/boater campground for travelers on the Willamette River Water Trail and the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. The campground is nestled along the beautiful Willamette River and is 1 block away from a bustling downtown district with local food, drink, and entertainment.
The campground is exclusively for bicyclists and boaters. Overnight vehicle parking is not allowed in Riverview Park.
Development of the property was funded through Cycle Oregon and a Recreation Trails Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
This basic camping area has five sites, each with a picnic table and bike rack. A (cold) shower is located at the west end of the area in a white fenced enclosure. Solar showers have been installed for a warm shower on sunny days. A water tap and bike repair station are located at the entrance to the camping area. A camp host is present during the summer to assist campers and provide information about the area. WiFi is also available in the campground with a code provided by the Camp Host. A camp site costs $10 per night and is first come first served.
The campground is open from March 15th through October 15th each year.
The campground is closed annually for the 4th of July weekend as well as the week leading up to the 4th and rarely for other community events. Please check this page or contact the City prior to your visit for the most up to date information on availability of the campground.
To get to the Independence Biker/Boater Campground from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway:
1. Cross the Independence Bridge from the east side of the Willamette River to the west side.
2. At the bottom of the bridge turn right onto Main Street, which will take you into downtown Independence.
3. Go straight (north) through the three way stop downtown and take your first right onto C Street.
4. Follow C Street to the river and then head north through the amphitheater parking lot, past the playground and to the grassy field with the campground kiosk and bike repair station at its entrance.
If you are using a GPS, the address 50 South C Street, Independence, OR 97351 should get you to the park.
- Camping is only allowed within the designated camping area at the north end of Riverview Park.
- Camping is limited to bicyclists and boaters. Camping by travelers using motor vehicles is not permitted. No overnight vehicle parking is allowed in Riverview Park.
- Campground use is on a first come, first served basis. No reservations will be made.
- Maximum occupancy of 8 people per camping site.
- No alcohol is allowed in the campground.
- Riverview Park is smoke-free — smoking allowed in designated areas only.
- Campers may stay up to two nights. This MAY be extended by City Hall in special circumstances.
- Camping fee – $10.00 per site per night – pay at pay station
- Campers are responsible for securing their bicycles and boats.
- Camp quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am.
- The campground will be closed during the July 4th weekend and for other community events; check the website for closures.
- Non-registered visitors to your campsite must exit the park by 10pm.
- Campers are responsible for clearing their area of all litter before exiting the campsite. Failure to do so may result in a citation being issued for Offensive Litter.
- Any violation of park policies, City Ordinances, or State Laws may also result in a camper being trespassed from the campground and asked to leave the park with out a refund.
If you observe a violation of these park policies or law violations, please report them to: (503) 838-1214. Or call 911 for an emergency.