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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

SE Seventh St, Portland, Oregon 97202 USA

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“designated as the city's first migratory bird park”

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.DescriptionThe 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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This 140-ac floodplain wetland is on the E bank of the Willamette River in the heart of Portland. Common residents include Red-breasted Sapsucker, Bewick's and Winter Wrens, Hutton's Vireo, and Western Scrub-Jay. In winter, watch for Varied and Hermit Thrushes, Sooty Fox and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Osprey nest on-site. The Refuge also hosts warbler and flycatcher flocks during migration. Fall migrants include Semipalmated Plover and American Pipit. Bald Eagle nests on islands nearby. Restrooms are available in Sellwood Park, a short walk from the parking lot at the southern entrance. North entrance: From US Hwy 26 (Powell Blvd) at E end of Ross Island Bridge, exit onto Hwy 99E southbound. Go 1.2 mi S and exit onto SE Milwaukie Ave. At top of offramp, bear R. After 100 yds, turn into parking lot on R. A gravel trail on the S side of lot leads into the wildlife refuge. South entrances: Alternative access points are at SE 7th Ave & SE Sellwood Blvd (Sellwood Park) and at the N end of SE Oaks Park Way, from the E end of Sellwood Bridge (Tacoma St). Transit: Take TriMet Bus 19 - Woodstock to the North entrance at SE Milwaukie & Mitchell.

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

SE Seventh St
Portland, Oregon
97202 USA
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