Oleson Bridge

The Oleson Bridge Trail is part of the GT Natural Education Reserve.  There are well-marked riverside trails & good swimming spots here, which is just downriver from Keystone Rapids on the Boardman River.

Watercraft can launch or take-out at several sandy spots along the eastern bank. The river continues to be fast & somewhat deep in spots to the take-out at Lone Pine (1/2 mile/20 minutes).

It should be noted that the river is in a state of change due to the dams removal project. The former Boardman Pond & Sabin Pond are being drained & the river's flow is adjusting over time. All posted signage must be respected.

Sometimes it's very busy, but there's lots of river access sites down the trails on both sides of Oleson's foot-bridge.

Adventure lovers can often be found riding Keystone Rapids on hot summer days. To take part, bring inner-tubes & life-jackets, park at Oleson Bridge Trailhead (on Keystone Rd near River Rd), take a look at the river (so you’ll know where to get out, before the bridge). Walk south (~15 minutes) on the trail along the river (you’ll see where you’ll be floating), put in at the grassy hill when you reach the next parking lot (Keystone Rapids Trailhead). Enjoy a wild ride & get out just before Oleson Bridge, then walk the trail back to do it again.

Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails & there's paved parking, but no restroom.

Never underestimate the power of any river; it can knock you down, push you into oblivion  & pin you in places you'll be helpless to escape from. The rapids may not look threatening, but they can & do flip watercraft VERY easily (and there are many submerged boulders along this stretch of the river). RESPECT the power of the river!

The Boardman River is particularly unpredictable now that dams are being removed & ponds are being drawn down.


Heed all posted warnings!

Wear a Coast Guard approved life vest

* Wear a helmet

Do not take young children through the rapids!

View the rapids by walking the trail from Keystone Rapids Trail Head to Oleson Bridge

WARNING! Due to construction, the river is temporarily closed to watercraft at the Boardman Dam/Cass Rd bridge. All paddlers must exit the river here or at Lone Pine (20 minutes further down-river) on Keystone Rd. The next access site is on Cass Rd at the launch below Sabin Dam (at the Nature Center).

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