Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Minto-Brown Island Park is the largest park in Salem at over 1,200 acres. Located along the Willamette River floodplain, the park features many sloughs, ponds, and wetlands, as well as wide open meadows and forested areas. The park is also a sanctuary for birds and animals that inhabit wetland areas such as osprey, blue heron, squirrels, and rabbits.

There are over 29 miles of trail in the park. Most of these trails are paved and make for excellent biking or skating. Nine different loops can be created by linking these trails together, the longest being a 10-kilometer loop. In addition to these trails, the recent construction of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge links Minto-Brown Island Park with nearby Riverfront Park—allowing for even more miles of walking and biking.

Within the park are a couple of small areas with picnic tables (including a picnic shelter that can be reserved). There is also a large, 30-acre off-leash dog area for your four-legged friends to enjoy. Numerous places to fish can also be found along the Willamette River and at small ponds within the park.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Large park with miles of walking/running/biking trails. Large dog park.

Cons

Crowded (especially on weekends). Trails are flat and can get boring.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Off-leash dog area
Family friendly
Rental facilities
Fishing
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Covered picnic areas
Playground
Bicycling

Location

Field Guide

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