Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

'twixt the marshes and the mausolea the children rambled... no, not the opening paragraph to Enid Blyton's lost manuscript from her overlooked noir period, but an apt description of the Oaks Bottom trail.

hours of fun

Open

5:00am - midnight

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A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Pros

  • A lovely, varied trail (or two) within easy walking distance of Sellwood Park and Oaks Park – not to mention the neighborhoods of Westmoreland and Sellwood themselves. Pass through woods, alongside marshland and across an open field.
  • Bird watching; amphibian spotting at Tadpole Pond.

Cons

  • The Springwater corridor can be fine (if dull) to walk along – or can resemble the Champs-Élysées during the closing stages of the Tour de France (including the steroids). Fine for cyclists, not so much for little hikers.
  • The official parking lot on Milwaukee is always full – however there is plenty of parking on the nearby streets.
  • I didn’t mention the mausoleum, did I?

in the area

As mentioned, Sellwood Park and Oaks Park abut the wildlife refuge. Parking at Oaks Park in the summer can be mental, so why not park elsewhere and hike down to the amusements?

if you like this…

Virginia Lake on Sauvie Island is also easy hiking and more tranquil. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is similarly small scale and varied, but more beautiful. Smith and Bybee Wetlands offers even more nature in the city.

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First posted: April 24, 2013; last updated: July 25, 2017.

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A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
A photograph taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

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