Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a city park of about 141 acres (57 ha) in southeast Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Located in a floodplain along the east bank of the Willamette River near Sellwood, the park is known for attracting a wide variety of birds. In 1988, the park was named Portland's first wildlife refuge, and in 2004, it was designated the city's first migratory bird park.Put Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Portland trip planner.
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The refuge is one part of a handful of fun things to enjoy in the immediate area. Adjacent to Oaks Park Amusement park, a spacious dog park, a pebble strewn beach and pier, as well as a Rails to Trails bike trail that connects with the East Bank Esplanade. The wildlife refuge is the quiet centerpiece to all of this, but in a modest way. It's a lovely place to hike beneath the trees on a hot day. The path is about a mile long, tracing the eastern side of the lake/swamp. And although it is a lovely feeling to know the refuge is there doing its thing to preserve wildlife, in the summer the leaves shroud most of the view from it, even on the largest overlook. It may be best to wait for fall and winter if you want a wildlife experience. But it's still great for communing with nature and some relaxing exercise. Check your Google map for where the path connects with the bike path, and the parking areas on either end. Also for enjoying the other adjacent attractions while you're there.
This place has a lot of playground equipment for the kid's to play on. The equipment is good for almost all ages. There are some lovely Hiking trails to. On one of the Hiking trails you can see a building that has one of the largest paintings on the side of the building in the state. The trails can be Steep In a few places so if you have children or animals with you hiking make sure they're on the right side of the trail going down and on the left side going up.
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