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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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  • Brought our Canadian friends here to see the "Eagle's Nest" on a frigid January day. But still worth the trip to snoop around the "Educational Center". Did go outside and spotted a "Bushtit" nest whic...  more »
  • Oregon has,had a very dry summer therefore the lake was dry. It was a cloudy wet day but we still managed to see lots of birds. A good day out 
  • I go there whenever I can: it's so close to the town, yet so much country. They do lots of school age education inside the center and on the trails. 
  • Great place to walk and enjoy nature. Only wish I could bring my dog.
  • It's amazing so many acres (600+) of natural beauty are this close to town. Literally less than 10 minutes away from much of Hillsboro. This is a great place to take the family, or just go for a quiet walk and get away from it all.
  • Educational trails that leads you past the Jackson Slough alive with the sounds of buzzing insects and native songbirds. Neatly kept paths of chipped wood from managed wetland area provide footing.
  • We planted trees here. It was pretty cool
  • Great place to take the kids to get outdoors. There is lots of wildlife to see, especially in the spring and summer you can see Osprey and Bald Eagles. I do wish there were a few elevated viewpoints.