Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland

4.8
#13 of 17 in Wildlife in Portland
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.
The 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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  • Wildlife Refuge is an absolutely amazing place to visit. The Scenery is beautiful. We can not wait to go back next year.  more »
  • Lovely little area that is a retreat into nature! Nice for a stroll or to just relax away from city sounds.  more »
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  • I give this 5 stars and my dog would give it 10. We had a fun day exploring and did the full loop. It also has a large section that's paved so it's great for bike riding and rollerblading.
  • Great walking trails /biking. Some for traffic only. Convenient access to nature. They're doing a great job of maintaining and reestablishing the native flora and fauna.
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