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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  • 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 »
  • I wasn't expecting much since this place is close to a developed area but once i got on the trail and a few yards in it was definitely forest. Actually wandered by the trail for the frog pond and phot...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful urban greenspace that's only a few minutes from the downtown core. You can see eagles, hawks and so much beauty. Not too much old-growth left but many picture worthy trees and plants. The hiking paths are pretty basic, though some will be muddy. No matter where you enter you can get to the springwater corridor bike path, which will take you to downtown or East towards Gresham. Spaces like this are vital not just to the hundreds of species that seek shelter here but in my opinion, play an integral role in preserving the beautiful side of our species. Help create/preserve something important..
  • Wonderful park to just relax. It's a bit out of the way for me to visit but lots of walking trails and a park for the kids nearby. The water keeps the area cooler (I think) and I never have an issue here.
  • BEAUTIFUL HIKE! Long though. Yes it is full circle!!
  • Great trails for hiking or running take you around the water and through the woods. Quite often you will see deer, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Bikes are not allowed on the walking trails however there is a bike friendly trail that cuts right through the refuge that connects the Springwater Trail to Milwaukie Ave. Truly thankful to have such a beautiful nature area within our city.
  • If you like the outdoors and scenery it's perfect. Good bike and walking trails that are well maintained.

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