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Whitaker Ponds 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.

Whitaker Ponds Natural Area is an interesting site for children, with plenty of interpretive signage and educational activities. Two cottonwood and willow-edged ponds along the Columbia Slough host Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, and Pied-billed Grebe. Belted Kingfisher, Red-tailed Hawk, and Great Blue Heron are commonly seen. Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Wood-Pewee, and Bewick’s Wren nest in the wooded areas. A canoe launch at the NW corner provides paddling access to Columbia Slough (Site P5). Boating is not allowed on Whitaker Ponds due to deep mud.

From I-5, take Exit 306A (Columbia Blvd) and drive E for 3 mi to 47th Ave. Turn L and drive 0.25 mi to the entrance on the R, 7040 NE 47th Ave. If the gate is closed, park outside the fence and walk into the park. Vehicle parking is limited to scheduled events. Transit: Take TriMet Bus 75 to NE 47th & Columbia Blvd., walk 0.3 miles North to entrance.


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  • Phone:
    (503) 281-1132
  • Address:
    Portland, OR 97218
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