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On the Columbia River near Washougal, the 1,049-acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of floodplain, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures and remnant stands of Oregon white oak. Winter concentrations of geese may peak at several thousand birds. Herons forage year-round and frequent the refuge from a nearby nesting colony.
If you're looking for a quiet place to paddle without driving two hours to get there, the Whitaker Slough is a best bet here in Portland. Part of the larger Columbia Slough, a shallow, the Whitaker Slough is composed of six lakes, three ponds and 50 miles of waterways.
A great way to explore the North Portland Peninsula is by bike. A convenient starting point is the Rose Quarter Transit Center if you're coming from outside the downtown core. Head north on N Interstate to the first greenspace overlooking the rail yards near Overlook Park. The only real hill en route is on this first stretch.