Neighborhood park with access to larger paved trails.
A paved path connecting to the Waterhouse Trail.
Stevens Meadows is an open area with a half mile path that circles the site. This area is also accessed from the small parking area off of Atherton Road. The trails of both sites have moderate elevation gains.
This area is part of the Willamette watershed, one of three major watersheds in southwest Portland. Stephens Creek, a perennial creek with an average depth of 6.5 inches, bisects the park and flows in a NW to SE direction. Portions of the creek above and below the site are culverted as it flows through urbanized southwest Portland. Custer Creek empties into the park from a culvert located just east of the junction of SW Capitol Hill Rd and SW 17 Ave. The confluence of Custer and Stephens Creeks is located within the park, which is valued as a refuge for wildlife and native plants.
Stella Olsen has a children's playground, a shelter and a pavilion. There is a multi-used path through the wetlands area, providing a connection from West Villa Road to the park. Used by wildlife, as well as humans, it provides a restful, wooded setting for all activities. This park is home to Music on the Green and Movies in the Park during the summer months.
Steamboat Landing Park provides pedestrian access to several points of interest. Visitors can stroll a floating boardwalk on the Columbia River that leads to an elevated observation deck with vast views of the River, Mt. Hood and Oregon. A peaceful wooded trail provides an alternate short cut to the deck. Visitors can also access the US Corps of Engineers levee trail (used by walkers, bicycles and horses), leading to Captain William Clark Park at Cotton Wood Beach, and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge trail (no dogs or bicycles allowed on the Refuge trail).
Spring Park serves as a neighborhood natural area, a retreat along the Wilamette River and a gateway to Elk Rock Island, which is part of an ancient volcano that erupted about 40 million years ago. The park includes a walking trail, picnic facilities and a playground. Stop by to take a stroll or relax in the shade before heading out to historic Elk Rock Island in the nearby Willamette River.
Springbrook Park offers great hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities and can be accessed by many small neighborhood entrances. Located across Country Club Road from Lake Oswego High School, the park contains nearly 2 miles of relatively flat trails. Springbrook Creek flows through the park, then the Lake Grove neighborhood before heading to Iron Mountain Park and Oswego Lake. The park is among Lake Oswego's oldest and largest natural areas and is a vital part of the Uplands neighborhood.