The Wildlife Refuge In Portland That's Perfect For A Family Day Trip
Along with the changing of the trees, fall brings with it the sounds of migratory birds flying across our skies. For bird lovers, there is no better place in the city to spot this amazing event than at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on the east bank of the Willamette River.
Named the city's first wildlife refuge in 1988, the park has been attracting bird watchers for decades.
In 2004, the park was named Portland's first migratory bird park.
The 141-acre park is located in the floodplain of the Willamette River and includes wetlands.
A 1-mile hiking trail wraps around the lake, giving visitors a wonderful view of nature and wildlife.
Slightly north of Sellwood Park and Sellwood Riverfront Park, the area is a mix of woodlands, shrubs, and a few open fields.
More than 185 species of birds have been reported at the park.
Herons, hawks, osprey, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, falcons, vultures, and waterfowl are just some the birds present at this scenic spot.
A wide mix of deciduous trees also makes it a lovely place to visit in the fall for its changing colors.
The volunteer group, Friends of Oaks Bottom, has continuously worked on trail maintenance and habitat restoration to make the park an inviting place for wildlife.
Today thousands of birds visit the park as a stop on their annual North-South journey.
Get their early to have a pristine and quiet view of the birds at their respite place.
The park is open from 5 am to midnight and the parking lot closes at 10 pm.
A trip to Oaks Bottom is one that you will not soon forget. Take the easy loop for a wonderful look at nature in our community.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is located at SE 7th Ave & Sellwood Blvd.
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