Troutdale/Springdale by Dabney, Troutdale, Oregon  4.7/5 (3)

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Continuous strong flow from a pipe setup on the east side of the road. Really tasty water!

No fees.
Always open.
Open to the public.
Continuous flow.


On the Columbia River Highway, the spring is between Dabney State Park and Nelson Road. Heading up the hill, the spring will be on your left, on the east side of the road.

Be careful parking, the road is on a hill, people drive fast, and my first visit to the spring cost me my driver side window because I wasn’t off the road completely.


  1. Considering there has been long time chemical farming on the bluff above and many people that live up there (all on private septic systems) have contracted cancer of all types. I wouldn’t drink it. Grosses me out every time I drive by and see someone filling their water jugs.

    1. I’m wondering why the testing came back alright if there are chemicals and contaminates in this spring water.
      I live in Portland, will you recommend a different spring that you feel is good?
      Thank you

    2. Does anyone have information about why and by whom the spring infrastructure has been forcefully destroyed by heavy machinery? I visited the spring yesterday and was deeply disappointed to find the protective concrete casing and pipe destroyed. A city truck was pulling away, and they did not stop when I flagged them. I am very curious about why the spring was closed and very concerned. Who would you contact to find out more and to file a complaint? Thank you in advance for your help!

    3. Considering the test completed above, Portland tap water AND water bottled in plastic bottles both have higher toxicity and cancer causing contaminants than the water flowing from this spring. Perhaps the reason people in the are contacted cancer of all types is because that is how most humans end our lives – various types of cancer.

  2. Does anyone have information about why and by whom the spring infrastructure has been forcefully destroyed by heavy machinery? I visited the spring yesterday and was deeply disappointed to find the protective concrete casing and pipe destroyed. A city truck was pulling away, and they did not stop when I flagged them. I am very curious about why the spring was closed and very concerned. Who would you contact to find out more and to file a complaint? Thank you in advance for your help!

  3. Everyone I urge you call city of troutdaley odot and your lawyers specially knes that sued ODOT AND CURRUPT CITY TROUTDALE WATER that shut this down drove by today intimidating pretending this pies cut sre there” Odot got on permission I almost 100% sure from the right legal pathways of approval” we need this restored and them all fined” and file a lawsuit” if your interested follow me here and comment below”what they did is evil 100 year spring to cut 5 pipes on and put boulders on top” they could of made some slow signs and changed speed limit”but this is about money city of troutldae cane have us be drinking healthy water” we also have test from before if water get changes in some contaminates or chemcials it most likely be them” people got them o game cameras also pulling up there so they are recorded” contact me in comment below if u would like to speak with me

      1. Thank you Vlad !! I encourage EVERYONE to organize around the concerning closure of this AWESOME spring !!! Please post suggestions here about WHO TO CONTACT for information and next action steps and HOW to best form a more visible PUBLIC FORUM (online or otherwise) to RESTORE THE SPRING. Please let me know how to best contact you Vlad… I visited the spring yesterday and was deeply disappointed to find the protective concrete casing and pipe destroyed. A city truck was pulling away, and they did not stop when I flagged them. I am very curious about why the spring was closed and very concerned.

  4. Went to spring today to fill up and someone cut the pipe so it couldn’t be used. The also cut slits further up the pipe that was left so water runs out slits and not the end of the pipe that was left. The pipe that was left was recessed into the hillside so you couldn’t harvest. Does anyone know anything about this?

    OK. Here’s an explanation for you. First off, this is not inside the City of Troutdale, nor did the City have anything to do with it.
    Second: What you are referring to was not a potable water source. It was an old radiator fill station/overflow pipe to help Model T engines keep cool while traveling on the Historic Highway. Here is a statement from the Oregon Department of Transportation:
    “ODOT and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have decommissioned the reservoir overflow pipe along the Historic Columbia River Highway near Dabney State Recreation Area because of increasing road safety concerns at the site.
    The area has become a danger with motorists stopping, often partially blocking the travel lane, to fill water jugs. The drainage ditch is often blocked by illegal dumping of material and damaged by vehicle traffic, which causes water to overflow onto the highway and creates dangerous driving conditions.
    Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department posted signs and shared the pending plan with the Northeast Multnomah County Community Association before decommissioning the overflow, which is located along the north side of the Historic Columbia River Highway near Dabney State Recreation Area, east of the Stark Street Bridge.
    The pipe originally supplied water to cool car radiators at the time of the Historic Highway’s construction over 100 years ago and was one of a handful of similar water access points, most of which have already been decommissioned. The water that supplies the pipe was not intended as drinking water.
    ODOT and OPRD will evaluate the feasibility of creating safer access in the future.
    ODOT has already seen crashes at the site and is taking this step to help ensure there are no more.
    The nearest publicly available free water can be found 3.2 miles north along the Historic Columbia River Highway at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site.”

  6. Just went to this spring yesterday and the water tastes amazing. Saw a line of cars waiting for it when we got there and more showed up while we were there. I’d love to know where it comes from though

  7. Been drinking water from this spring and I’d like to know who manages it. At some point I saw an “unofficial name” for it, like Erik’s well or Arnold’s spring.. anybody know?

      1. Thank you for taking the time and resources to get this spring tested. We’re probably going out to get water from this spring today. It’s likely we will test the ph at some point.

      2. Thank you for doing this! Looks like not much to worry about and infinitely better than tap water! Do we know the source? Is this artesian water?

      3. Hi Annika,
        Do you drink water from this spring? Living in Portland and not wanting to drive far, I’m frustrated trying to find a spring.
        Where do you recommend getting the water?
        Also, if you have been drinking live spring water for awhile, do you feel a difference in your life?
        Thank you I know that’s a lot of questions but I’ve been wanting to find good live water for years and haven’t had the chance to do it.

      4. Thank you for the test results Annika. Have you been collecting water from this source regularly? Curious to know how it’s been going since you got the results.

      5. This water looks like it is really very drinkable. People in the state of Oregon pee into water that is more suitable to drink than most people in the world are drinking. Snobby white supremacy mind takeover.

  8. I have collected water from this spring and had the park system tell me that I shouldn’t drink it, that it was actually runoff? I am hesitant to believe that they knew what they were talking about, so if you consistently drink from this spring or have done a water test can you let me know?

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips. is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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