Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area

Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area, Portland: Address, Phone Number, Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area

Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area
4.5
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Beautiful, isolated area great for paddling and canoeing.
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Randy S
Portland, OR335 contributions
Great bird and wildlife watching!
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a wonderful urban park with two nice little lakes that host tons of wildlife, especially birds of all types. Highly recommend! You can bike in a loop from N. Portland along the railroad cut for a good 7-8 mile ride.
Written August 15, 2016
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ginblossom69
Saint Helens, OR55 contributions
sensory, nature, art, Family friendly
Apr 2016 • Family
Brilliant location for photographers, walkers, families, classroom field trips, wildlife, nature, birds, art, restrooms, covered picnic area, who could want more from a city preserve area for FREE
Written April 30, 2016
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mrsentity
New Haven, CT61 contributions
Best for biking, walking, birding
Aug 2015
My husband and I had some free time on our hands and decided to check out all the hiking areas we could find in or near Portland. This one is mainly a biking area, with a wide, paved 40-mile loop. Wide enough for both walkers and bikers to share. There were a few paths off into the woods. Very easy hiking. We did see quite a number of birds. Mostly Chickadees, Bushtits, and Song Sparrows, but a few woodpeckers and others. Pretty walk.
Written September 29, 2015
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Rainier72
Lynnwood, WA676 contributions
Big Urban Wetland
Apr 2015 • Friends
Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area is one of the biggest urban wetlands in the U.S. If you're not onto kayaking, the best way to explore (like me) is take the short trail to the viewpoints on the lakes. Weather probably kept most wildlife hiding, but a few birds were seen. A ranger did point out a birds nest being made in progress which was intriguing. In spite of not much wildlife, the scenery will make up for it. Like Kelley Point, hard to believe you are surrounded by the industrial part of Portland. There is a trail going beyond the second viewpoint, but where the closed sign was made it a bit confusing if we could move on. People were going anyways, but why chance it? Only drawback if you are a dog owner, the park is ran by the dog unfriendly Metro. So plan ahead. Other than that Smith and Bybee does make a nice option to view wildlife.
Written May 1, 2015
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Portlander
Portland, OR275 contributions
nature in the City
Jun 2014 • Friends
Great place to explore one of America’s largest urban wetlands. you might find beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles just minutes away from the downtown area. The entrance to Smith & Bybee is a little tricky - so keep your eyes open to a sudden dense green area just one your right, as you leave I-5 and cruise down Marine Drive. From April through June, Metro Naturalists are available for school field trips.
Written July 22, 2014
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PNWTravellinMan
Vancouver, WA205 contributions
An absolute gem of a park.
May 2014 • Friends
We connected with a Meetup group to explore by kayak this 2,000 acre preserve in the middle of an industrial area. Once we hit the water after a reasonably short portage from the parking area we quickly forgot that we were in a densely occupied industrial region.

We explored the lake and wetlands for about three hours finding serenity first and lots of birds and signs of other wildlife. During the paddle we saw at least 10 bald eagles and dozens of egrets and great blue herons, cormorants, ducks, and many songbirds. We found two beaver dams and evidence of recent beaver activity. One turtle was spotted as were a couple large fish surfacing.

We would return in a heartbeat to explore parts we missed and enjoy the beauty of nature that has been preserved for our enjoyment. This one should not be missed whether you paddle, bike, or hike it.
Written June 2, 2014
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