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Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Access the wildlife area by the Interlakes Trail (paved). A portable toilet at the trailhead; a parking lot with restrooms is 0.25 mi from the entrance. The path begins at the park entrance, and runs 0.5 mi through cottonwood forest and riparian brush to two observation blinds. In winter, along with sparrows including Golden-crowned and occasionally Lincoln’s Sparrows, expect to see many geese and ducks, notably Canvasback and Redhead. Hundreds of Great Egret show up as water levels are lowered in fall. Migrant shorebirds use the area in summer and fall. Spring and summer bring songbirds such as Black-headed Grosbeak to the forest. Bald Eagle nest on site. On warm days, you may see Western Painted Turtles basking in the backwaters. Paddling is best in spring and early summer when the water level is still high enough for good access.

From Portland, take I-5 N to Exit 307, and follow signs for Marine Dr W. The park entrance is about 1.5 mi down on the L.


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