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Rotary Nature Preserve at Tice Woods

This natural area boasts two ponds, a wetland, an upland forest, views and Baker Creek which flows through the park, and a mile and a half of trails and boardwalks. Great for bird watching throughout the seasons. Restrooms facilities available at trailhead. Dogs and bicycles are prohibited within the park.

2761 NE Baker St McMinnville, OR 97128

Ross Island Natural Area

Ross Island is part of the Holgate Channel and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge complex. The complex makes up a significant regional fish and wildlife habitat and is one of the most scenic reaches of the lower Willamette River. It has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society of Portland because of it use by both migratory and resident birds. There is a bald eagle nest on the City’s parcel and a small Great Blue Heron rookery on the island’s northern tip, property owned by the Port of Portland. 

Rogers Landing

One of Oregon's premier boating facilities on the majestic Willamette River, this park offers expansive parking and a three-lane boat launch. From land or water, Rogers Landing is one of Yamhill County's top recreational resources. Many enjoy strolling the docks at sunset or scanning the skies for blue heron, osprey, kingfishers, or migrating geese. Located on the river's Newberg Pool, the park is especially popular with water skiers. In spring, fishermen brave the rain to catch salmon near Ash Island, just south of the park.

From Hwy 99W in Newberg, turn south onto River Street. Park entrance is to the left at the intersection of River & 14th.

Rock Island Landing

The Rock Island area — a complex of basalt covered with wildflowers in the late spring and early summer — is a perfect place to put in to paddle the upper Willamette narrows.

The birding in this stretch of the river is particularly rewarding, owing to the narrow channel and relatively prisitine forest habitat that literally surrounds you.

Find maps for The Willamette River Water Trail.

River Run Park

River Run, which borders the Tualatin River, is the site of the historic mouth of Oswego Canal and is located at the end of River Run Road. Together with the connecting Bryant Woods and Canal Acres parks, the three natural areas offer great wildlife viewing and contain two miles of relatively flat trails. The park provides paddler access to the Tualatin River Water Trail.

19698 River Run Dr Lake Oswego, OR 97034


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