Salem Prepares for High Willamette River Water Levels

Posted on April 8, 2019

The Willamette River’s water level in Salem is expected to rise due to continued rainfall and snowmelt. Current forecasts show the Willamette River cresting in Salem at just below flood stage by Wednesday, April 10. As a precautionary measure, on Monday April 8, the boat dock at Wallace Marine Park will be removed and the following parks will close:

Wallace Marine Park – 200 Glenn Creek Rd NW
Minto-Brown Island Park – 2100 Minto Island Rd SE
• West Salem Park – 265 Rosemont Ave NW

With continued rainfall, it is anticipated that Homestead Road South and Brown Island Road will also close. Street closure signs will be in place. Additional information on Salem road conditions and closures due to high water can be found on the City’s website on the

Sandbag Locations
Information on sandbag stations and current stream conditions in Salem can also be found at The following sandbag stations in Salem are open:

• City of Salem Public Works – 1410 20th St. SE
• West Salem Park & Ride – Wallace Road
• Lowe’s – 1930 Turner Road SE
• Courthouse Fitness – Commercial St. SE

Please use extra caution while driving in areas near high water, and avoid areas marked as temporarily closed due to the high water. Water levels can change rapidly and can be deeper than they appear. Report high water concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311.

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