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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Southeast Seventh Street, Portland, OR 97202
503 823 7529
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Ranked #52 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors

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Hilo, Hawaii
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

In the middle of a busy trip to Portland, we found this place. Forget it being a refuge for wildlife -- apart from the odd squirrel or duck, we didn't see much wildlife. But it is a wonderful refuge for two-legged primates and their four-pawed companions. Lots of shady, well maintained paths, and there's a real sense that you are... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have not been to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge for several years and I was amazed at the improvements in the trail, the platform for viewing, the removal of invasive species, the railings and improved walkways in muddy areas. I began at the Milwaukie Street trailhead and walked along the Oak Bluff Trail and around the meadow, returned along the... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I love this place!! I visited several times over the summer, and never tired of it. Recent reconstruction on the hiking trail includes a platform for viewing out over the pond, where you can often glimpse herons and all other sorts of birds flying around. Across the pond to the West is Oaks Amusement Park, and Springwater Trail. Above Oaks... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This recently renovated trail through one of the first urban wildlife preserves in the country. The relatively easy bluff trail takes you along the edge of marshland, giving peeks at heron, ducks, raptors and a variety of other birds. Warblers will serenade you, crows will heckle, and if you're lucky you'' even see a few deer out in the brush.... More 

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Elko, Nevada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We dropped a black bird here once with a hurt wing, they took it right away and nursed back to health. Lots of saved owls and birds. A cool Museum inside and a gift shop. A good hike too. Good for kids as well!

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Ames, Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I biked here from the Portland Convention Center to escape the city for a morning. I stayed on the paved bike trail, and was a pretty ride. I wish I had brought my binoculars, because there were some great water birds. There were a few people set up with tripods along the trail.

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

A great, albeit short, nature hike from Sellwood down to the water off the springwater trail. Nesting Osprey or Bald Eagles frequent the area, along with lots of others for bird enthusiasts. There's a dirt trail worth circling on the interior, as well. A relaxing walk on the paved part, but be aware of bike traffic.

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Aloha, OREGON
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Its not too far out of town and provides the same feel as being in the deep forest.

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Portland
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2009

Oaks Bottom is, well, essentially a swampland, but not the icky, alligator-infested kind. It is one of the best places to view (or hear) amphibian wildlife (not the bullfrogs, they're invasive) and birds. My school, Winterhaven, has a scholarship program with Portland Parks and Rec. so the middle school goes and helps out there every month. However, there is still... More 

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