Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland - Address, Phone Number

Address: SE Milwaukie Ave & SE Mitchell St, Portland, OR 97202

Phone: +1-5038237529

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

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About Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland

These 141 acres worth of floodplains wetlands on the east of the Willamette River are technically considered a part Portland parks. It is managed by the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with the friends of Oaks Bottom. It has an incredible avian diversity with hawks, coots, woodpeckers, great blue heron, kestrels and wigeons commonly seen. These are only a handful of 185 bird species over here. Vegetation is quite diverse too, including the Oregon White Oak, ash trees, black locust trees, poison oak and Reed canary grass. It also has some decent hiking and biking trails with views along the riverfront, with about 3.6 miles worth of trails.

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Opening and Closing Hours

  • North parking lot closed 10:00pm to 5:00am. 

How To reach Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge by Public Transport

  • By Bus: 19 stop SE Milwaukie &Insley; Bus 30 stop SE McLoughlin& 17th
  • MAX Orange Line stop SE 17th Ave & Holgate Blvd MAX Station

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland Reviews - Write a Review

  • A pleasant place for walking, running, and biking. Beautiful and serene. There are usually people using the pathways, and all of them are nice folks. It's very safe here. It's a wonderful place for nature photography. Also good for meditation and listening to the many birds and frogs. It's a thirty minute walk from the parking lot to the Willamette slough and back.

  • Cute small park with great scenery. Includes a main paved trail and several unpaved trails off of it. It connects to the Springwater Cooridor, which is why I usually go through it. While the parking lot/main entrance on Milwaukee does look pretty seedy, I think it's safe.

  • It's beautiful there you can walk your kids your pets hang out it's just beautiful

  • Excellent urban wildlife/nature area. I'm always amazed at how much wildlife is in this area - river otters, mink, deer, weasels. I've even seen Sea Lions swimming by in the spring!

  • A great place to get away from thw city while still being in it. Although there are a lot more unauthorized trails than there used to be, it's making the place lose some of its beauty.

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