Ecological Interest

Sellwood Riverfront Park

Sellwood Riverfront Park is at the southern edge of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and provides access to the Springwater Trail. The park provides water access for swimming (but no beach) and fishing, a boat dock and canoe launch, a dog off-leash area, natural surface and paved paths, and picnic tables.

SE Spokane St & Oaks Pkwy Portland, OR 97202

Sandy River Park

The Sandy River Park is an undeveloped passive use park that abuts Cedar Creek and the Sandy River. Hike to the Sandy River on a 1-mile stretch of old logging road/trail. In the fall salmon can be seen swimming up Cedar Creek to spawn.

Enter the trailhead at the end of Marcy Street; parking is available in the Sandy High School gravel parking lot on Bluff Rd.

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. 

Oxbow Regional Park

Located within the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge, Oxbow Regional Park offers rare access to many of the region’s natural wonders while providing a variety of unique recreational opportunities. The river draws swimmers, rafters, kayakers and drift boats carrying anglers.

From I-84, take the Troutdale exit (17). Go past the truck stop to the light and turn right on 257th. Go 3 miles to Division Street and turn left. Continue east for 5 miles following the signs. Turn left on Oxbow Parkway and drive 1.6 miles to the park entrance.

North Clackamas District Park

This as yet undeveloped park occupies nearly 85 acres of upland and wetland forest and meadow on the floodplain of Mt. Scott Creek, and upland forest on the slope north of the creek. This is one of the few remaining areas in developing north Clackamas County where mature Oregon white oaks are common. A community of Oregon white oak and Oregon ash with an understory of camas can be found near the railroad tracks that form the southern boundary of the park. There is a large central meadow which is ringed by forest and provides a marvelous natural vista.


Mt. Hood National Forest

Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. Visitors enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter.


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