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Address: Southeast Seventh Street, Portland, OR 97202
Phone Number: 503 823 7529
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A slice of wilderness in the city

Nestled in the southeast Moreland-Sellwood neighborhoods of Portland, Oaks Bottom offers a variety of nature's gifts. Begin at the parking lot trailhead and make your way down the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Nestled in the southeast Moreland-Sellwood neighborhoods of Portland, Oaks Bottom offers a variety of nature's gifts. Begin at the parking lot trailhead and make your way down the painted paved path to the hiking/running trail on the left, or continue to the tadpole ponds on the right, or venture under the overpass to the trials by the Willamette River. Depending... More 

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Clackamas Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Stretching along the east side of Portland from Sellwood to Westmoreland is Oaks bottom wildlife refuge. The noise of the city is replaced by the sound of birds and wind in the trees. A gem for many years it is increasingly brought back to a more natural area. 50 years ago I was picking interesting things out of the landfill.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited Portland in January, staying in a rental property in the Sellwood neighborhood that overlooked the Oaks Bottom Refuge, so it was only natural to explore. January is not the best month, but we saw many ducks and even a beaver; our landlord says they've seen bald eagles, too.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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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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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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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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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