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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  • Another spectacular green gem in the city. We found this because it was mentioned in the book Stoneheart. Great read, and we now know why it was in the book. Forest and river all in one.  more »
  • Nature does not get any better than this. The habitat is perfect for all sorts of species that like river bottomland. You will see beautiful bridges and happy hikers and runners. We forgot our binocul...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • One of my favorite things about Portland is all the little bits of wilderness within the city. Oaks Bottom is one of these treasures. Vv
  • 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.
  • Small wildlife area below Sellwood park with a meadow, pond and forested area with a few trails through it. Notable mostly as a reclaimed area within the city.
  • Hidden gem. Natural space in the middle of town. Hiker only section, and bike and wheel chair accessible routes too.
  • I love running the easter trail along the water. A great place for walks and wilderness strolls.
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