Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Portland, Oregon 97242

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This route passes through the expanse of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Portland and is filled with a variety of bird life, including blue herons, Canada geese, and mallard ducks. You may also see beavers, muskrats, and nutrias. Black cottonwood, dogwood, and elderberry provide welcoming shade as you hike, and huge thickets of blackberries provide a tasty treat in mid to late August.

This route explores 160-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1988 as Portland’s first wildlife refuge. The preserve is located on the east bank of the Willamette River in Southeast Portland and is host to more than 140 species of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and mammals. Each winter thousands of migrating birds feed and rest in the quiet waters of the refuge."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Drive, bike, or take the bus to this 168-acre wildlife refuge located in the heart of the city. Once destined to become an industrial site, in 1988 Oaks Bottom became Portland’s first formally dedicated urban wildlife refuge. Oaks aren’t abundant here, but cottonwoods are, along with eagles, waterfowl, and great blue herons, Portland’s official bird. And expect a lot of surprises, too, from a charming historical amusement park to a beautiful giant mural." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 to 1.5 hours
Portland Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Oswego
Local Maps

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Dec 2018