Ice skating at Deering Oaks is a true Portland experience. Strapping on your skates across from the Castle on a cold winter night, with Pandora's lights reflecting over the ice is an experience not to be missed. Little-known fact: Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington once skated on the Deering Oaks Pond during the filming of "The Preacher's Wife". The Parks, Recreation and Facilities crews work to keep the pond clear of snow and groomed for skating throughout the winter. Conditions can be variable though because Deering Oaks Pond basically serves as a stormwater basin that rises and falls with winter rainfall and melt-off, making ice grooming challenging. When it's good, it's good though, so keep your eye on the winter conditions map below and have fun out there!
Payson Park has a great 0.6 acre skating pond that is maintained through the winter. Combined with the nearby sledding hill and the Payson Hill Terrain Park, you can make a good day of winter fun right in Payson Park.
Originally built as a skating pond in 1932, Ludlow Pond is a great wildlife and winter recreation spot in the heart of Deering Center neighborhood. This pond is regularly maintained for skating by the Parks, Recreation and Facilities crew.
Riverside Golf Course is a 30 hole facility located on 200 acres on the outskirts of Portland. Riverside provides a great winter layout for cross-country skiing, two large outdoor ice skating rinks, snowshoeing, fat tire biking and many hills for sledding. Riverside is a great destination for outdoor activities with the whole family or just the leisurely workout. Please stay out of roped off areas. No rental equipment available. Visit the Winter Activities Page here
*Please Note: Riverside Grille will be closed for the season, this includes the use of bathrooms. Porta Potties are located at the South Course near the club house and at the North Course near the cart barn in the parking lot.
Capisic Pond is a local favorite place to skate in the Rosemont/Capisic neighborhoods. Please note that this pond is not maintained for winter skating, so skating is at your own risk. That said, when the conditions are right and the ice is thick enough, skating on this 4 acre pond and exploring all of the nooks and crannies is a great way to spend a winter day!
Stay up to date with our SKATING, SLEDDING & CRoss Country Skiing CONDITIONS map
View real-time condition updates for Portland's 5 skating ponds, 3 sledding hills and cross country ski trails on our map below, updated daily. Ice skating is always at your own risk. Have fun!