Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge24 Votes Currently Open
- Address: SE Milwaukie Ave & SE Mitchell St, Portland, OR 97202, United States
- Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
- Phone: +1-5038237529
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Trail, Waterfront, Wildlife Park, Hiking Trail, Biking Trail, Family And Kids, Nature
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 Hours
- North parking lot closed 10:00pm to 5:00am.
How to Reach Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
- 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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0.54% of people who visit Portland include Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
66.67% of people start their Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Reviews & Ratings
The refuge is one part of a handful of fun things to enjoy in the immediate area. Adjacent to Oaks Park Amusement park, a spacious dog park, a pebble strewn beach and pier, as well as a Rails to Trails bike trail that connects with the East Bank Esplanade. The wildlife refuge is the quiet centerpiece to all of this, but in a modest way. It's a lovely place to hike beneath the trees on a hot day. The path is about a mile long, tracing the eastern side of the lake/swamp. And although it is a lovely feeling to know the refuge is there doing its thing to preserve wildlife, in the summer the leaves shroud most of the view from it, even on the largest overlook. It may be best to wait for fall and winter if you want a wildlife experience. But it's still great for communing with nature and some relaxing exercise. Check your Google map for where the path connects with the bike path, and the parking areas on either end. Also for enjoying the other adjacent attractions while you're there.
This place has a lot of playground equipment for the kid's to play on. The equipment is good for almost all ages. There are some lovely Hiking trails to. On one of the Hiking trails you can see a building that has one of the largest paintings on the side of the building in the state. The trails can be Steep In a few places so if you have children or animals with you hiking make sure they're on the right side of the trail going down and on the left side going up.
This is a true diamond in the rough get-a-way! I'm just in love with the tranquility and natural beauty of this wildlife refuge. The beautiful rare migratory birds are just stunning
Ok wildlife spot lots of deer, some coyotes, and even raccoons. Seems like a big weed smoking spot as well. Everytime I have been through there always find a group or two smoking. That's not a skunk you smelling.
Nice and easy hike. Great for dogos. Lots of ducks. I even saw a deer once.