Jackson-Frazier Wetland is a wonderful place for bird watching within the city limits of Corvallis. Part of the Benton County Parks system, this natural area is focused on preservation, research and education. The name comes from the two creeks, Jackson and Frazier, that join and feed into the area. A wooden boardwalk leads through the heart of the wetlands with several viewpoints, benches, and interpretive signs along the way. The loop is about two-thirds of a mile long, and it is wheelchair accessible.
Keep an eye out for a variety of birds and other wildlife, such as beavers that frequent the area. Over 70 species of birds have been spotted in the wetlands. There is also a vast array of plant life that promotes a healthy ecosystem.
The 144-acre wetland is a dynamic place that can change wildly depending on the season. In the dry summer months the water can completely vanish, leaving the ground dry and cracked. During the wetter winter months, the ground can become so saturated that it creates standing ponds. Those ponds are great places for wildlife to live or find food. You'll want to visit this site throughout the year to really appreciate all that it has to offer.
Note: During the wet season, the boardwalk may be flooded.