Smith and Bybee Wetlands

They say it's the largest protected wetland within an American city. I'm not sure how much of a claim to fame that is, but you certainly don't feel like you're in Portland anymore.

2
hours of fun

Open

Dawn 'til dusk every day. I expect.

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A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Pros

  • Off the beaten track, quiet, but still in the city.
  • A lot of interesting plant (and if you’re lucky) animal life to see.
  • I expect it’s magical if you have a canoe or two. We don’t.

Cons

  • Mosquito infested in the summer months – pack some DEET.
  • The paved footpath isn’t especially long; beyond that everything is pretty much overgrown and eventually impassable, at least for small children.
  • It’s a dull schlep back along the road you just drove down from the parking lot to the interlakes trail footpath.

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First posted: January 12, 2011; last updated: November 25, 2020.

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A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
A photograph taken at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

5300 N Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97203 [Google map].

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