Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Land manager: 
Hillsboro Parks and Recreation
2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy. Hillsboro, OR 97123
Find directions using the Trimet Regional Trip Planner or Google Maps.

The 725-acre Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a tranquil sanctuary for both people and animals. The quiet open waters, rolling meadows and upland ash and fir woods are home to thousands of ducks and geese, deer, otters, beavers, herons and eagles.

Miles of soft-surface trails offer a variety of unique wildlife discovery and habitat exploration opportunities.

Find out about fun programs for kids at Jackson Bottom.



Recent improvements at Jackson Bottom include restoration of the 125-acre Wapato Marsh wetland. With this restoration, the marsh hosts a variety of habitats including marsh, wet meadow and lowland hardwood forest. These habitats provide safe places for many native species, including sensitive Northern red-legged frogs. A new north viewing area - created as a part of the project -  has bike racks, an interpretive kiosk, access for a future multi-use path and a plaza for year-round bird watching and nature viewing opportunities.

The project to improve habitat at Jackson Bottom Wetlands was an effort by multiple partners including the city of HillsboroDucks UnlimitedClean Water Services and Metro.

Learn more about the habitat at the wetlands.


Early morning at Jackson Bottom.
Jackson Bottom
Canada Geese fill the sky
A Great Blue Heron
The wetland in late summer
A Ringed Pheasant crossing the path
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27th Annual Great Blue Heron Week: May 30th to June 9th

Join us in celebrating more than a quarter century since the Great Blue Heron was adopted as Portland’s official city bird during the twenty-sixth Annual Great Blue Heron Week, Wednesday, May 30th through Sunday June 9th, 2013.

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