Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Hillsboro

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Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States, is a 725acre wetlands area along the Tualatin River in Washington County, Oregon. Located on the south end of the city along Highway 219, this lowland area is a designated Important Bird Area and hosts such birds as buffleheads, dusky Canada geese, and tundra swans.HistoryThe Atfalati band of the Kalapuya people, who were the first inhabitants of the area, hunted and gathered in the area including hunting waterfowl and digging up camas roots. Then when European pioneers settled the area beginning in the 1830s farms were established in the area, with the wetlands area usually not being used due to the annual flooding. However, bridges were built across the river and steamboats plied the river before the railroads came to the valley.In 1910 the city of Hillsboro began using the Jackson Bottom area for water waste disposal. By the 1930s farmers in the community protested the water pollution that resulted from waste dumping into the river. Then in 1939 the city purchased part of the area and began using it as a sewer farm that produced a variety of produce and the city made some money off the venture. By the 1970s the city had acquired most of the land in that area, stopped using the farm, and let the area become grassland. Next, in 1980 the Jackson Bottom Coordinated Resource Management Plan was developed and the area was transformed into a wetlands area. In 1999, the wetlands received a National Wetlands Award for Education and Outreach from the Environmental Law Institute. Cougar sightings in June 2014 closed trails on several occasions.
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  • An excellent place to hike, watch birds, and learn. The gift shop has a nice selection of books and educational items.  more »
  • Allow several hours (or more) to walk the many paths and to sample the many birds (including osprey) and varied vegetation. Largly flooded in the winter (but still accessible) - best accessed summer t...  more »
  • Wonderful place to enjoy well laid out trails, plants, birds, wildlife. Watched an Osprey feeding it's young, perched on a nest high on a pole right beside the trail - fantastic. Visitor Center has lo...  more »
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  • Expansive wetlands with beautiful visitors center. Or first visit was in the fall and it was amazing to see wetlands getting flooded in front of our eyes. Loop around Kingfisher pond was non passable in two places due to flooding. Lots of migratory birds (ducks and geese) gathering and resting.
  • I took my toddler in a stroller and a friend to the wetlands in March on a randomly thunder/rain shower type of day. It was beautiful regardless of the weather. We tucked under cover at the viewing deck with it hailed and strolled down the path when the rain lightened up. My toddler loved the trail and seeing the stuffed birds in their lobby. Highly recommend for kids!
  • Lovely park for walking through! Also great wildlife, I have personally seen an osprey here! Good park for all bird watchers!
  • Great place to go see wild life the work is done and all trails open unless the water levels are up
  • This was an excellent way to spend an afternoon with nature. The staff we met in the nature center as well as on the trail were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed seeing a number of birds and many trees and plants. The trails were well maintained and marked. They are continuing to improve the signs identifying much of the vegetation and showing the different types of wildlife.

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