Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • The Portland Memorial Mausoleum mural viewed from Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Healthy wetlands at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • A viewpoint at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Healthy wetlands at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Mallard or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Mallard or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Healthy wetlands at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • The trail system at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • The trail system at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • A habitat study area at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a great stop on longer bike rides.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • The trail system at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
  • The trail system at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife viewing. Secluded area close to Portland.
Cons: 
Wildlife viewing opportunities vary by season. No biking most trailways.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Oaks Bottom became Portland's first wildlife refuge in 1988, and in 2004 it was designated the Portland's first migratory bird park. The migratory bird park designation is thanks in part to a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain a refuge for thousands of migratory birds that make annual flights north and south.

Oaks Bottom offers a broad range of bird watching options, and nearly 200 bird species have been recorded at Oaks Bottom. Egrets, falcons, grebes, gulls, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, osprey, shorebirds, terns, vultures, waterfowl, and woodpeckers are just a few of the avians that you may see. The 141-acre site includes numerous pathways for hiking and bike riding as well as lookout points built into the hillside throughout.

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