On the west bank of the Willamette River south of downtown Portland, this popular park is one of the best wildlife viewing areas on the river.
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The park, situated at the confluence of Stephens Creek and the Willamette River, features a boat dock and nature trails. The confluence provides important rearing and refuge habitat for endangered chinook and coho salmon, steelhead trout, rainbow and cutthroat trout, and Pacific and brook lamprey. Major restorations efforts on the 3.5-acre Stephens Creek Confluence Habitat Enhancement Project were completed by the Bureau of Environmental Services in December 2008.
Wilderness is a beautiful natural park spanning 51.4 acres. This park consists of numerous hiking trails and pathways. The park has access points on Clark Street, Oregon City Blvd., Prospect Street, and Windsor Terrace.
This nature park is home to two ponds, a 1/2 mile, natural-surface loop trail, an ecoroof-covered gazebo, and a canoe launch into Whitaker Slough.
Whispering Woods is a forested site that appears much larger than its 3-acre space. There is a paved loop trail that drops down to a creek, crossing it twice before heading back up the hill. There is a single picnic table 100 feet from 192nd Ave., and a soft-surface trail connecting this park to the larger floodplain of Beaverton Creek.
Habitat restoration at this site has helped to stablize the stream channel which will limit further damage from upstream development, protecting aquatic habitat and wetlands. The project restored and enhanced over five acres of degraded wetlands and floodplain. The diverse plantings increased wildlife habitat for a number of species.
The project also includes a nature trail for use by the neighborhoods to enjoy hiking and wildlife watching.
Whipple Creek a beautiful little-known park that is rich in hidden historic features and natural wonders. The park has three distinct habitats: about 100 acres of open pasture, about 150 acres of shrub with some trees, and about 125 acres of dense second growth forest.
The wetland meadow here has been restored with native forbs and grasses.