Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a city park of about 141acre in southeast Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Located in a floodplain along the east bank of the Willamette River near Sellwood, the park is known for attracting a wide variety of birds. In 1988, the park was named Portland's first wildlife refuge, and in 2004, it was designated the city's first migratory bird park.DescriptionThe elongated park, which parallels the river, includes a large shallow lake on the east side of the Springwater Corridor. The Corridor is a hiking and biking path that also runs parallel to the river between Sellwood and downtown Portland. Between the lake and the Corridor is a Portland Traction rail line on a berm. Slightly south of the refuge are Sellwood Park and Sellwood Riverfront Park, and Oaks Amusement Park is to the west, near the river. To the east, the top of a bluff above the lake is mainly residential, though one of the buildings is a mausoleum and crematorium with a huge great blue heron mural overlooking the wetlands. A 1mi hiking trail wraps around the east side of the lake beneath the bluff. A side trail connects the east trail with Sellwood Park. To the north are mixed woodlands, shrubs, and a few open fields, and a trail crossing the north section of the refuge links the Corridor to a parking lot at the top of the bluff. West of the north part of the refuge are two islands, East and Hardtack, that belong to the Ross Island group in the Willamette. Ross Island is the site of a heron rookery.
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  • city living getting you down? need fresh air and outdoor scenery? 10 minutes from downtown hides Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge... 15 minutes to quick look / see or more than an hour walk around the enti...  more »
  • This is a great escape from the city, and it's easy to get to by public transit - #19 bus to the entrance by the parking lot on Milwaukie Ave. It was beautiful, green and quiet, with fallen trees, bir...  more »
  • Across the paved trail leading to the oaks amusement park lies another world. A world of herons, frogs, turtles, and wild ducks. Many trails crisscross the oaks bottom wildlife refuge but they all ess...  more »
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  • It was a gorgeous day today. We saw Mallard pairs, a Red-tailed Hawk, 3 White Herons, and a Great Blue Heron as well as smaller birds on our hike through the "Bottom". The path was fairly dry and there were lots of families out as well as individual hikers, walkers, and joggers. There were bicyclists on the paved portions of the trails. The City has done a good job of maintaining the trails, benches and bridges. There was no trash visible and the refuge was very clean. I'll definitely be going back to walk/hike the trails again soon.
  • Wasn't able to get on the track, just found it walking and saw it from the top. I couldn't qiite find a way to go down and there's no signals to guide you. Seems to be a beautiful place
  • A pleasant place for walking, running, and biking. Beautiful and serene. There are usually people using the pathways, and all of them are nice folks. It's very safe here. It's a wonderful place for nature photography. Also good for meditation and listening to the many birds and frogs. It's a thirty minute walk from the parking lot to the Willamette slough and back.
  • Cute small park with great scenery. Includes a main paved trail and several unpaved trails off of it. It connects to the Springwater Cooridor, which is why I usually go through it. While the parking lot/main entrance on Milwaukee does look pretty seedy, I think it's safe.
  • It's beautiful there you can walk your kids your pets hang out it's just beautiful

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