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CAMASSIA PRESERVE

This small Nature Conservancy property is a little known gem. It is one of the few Oak\Madrone woodlands left in the Willamette Valley and provides a view into the past when these trees were quite common.

Camassia is a great place to see and hear migrant songbirds and a good view of an Osprey nest is had from the open rocky area. It’s common to see both Lesser and American Goldfinches on the same branch. Rufous Hummingbirds love the Madrone flowers. Native wildflowers abound in spring and summer. The area is not wheelchair accessible and there are no restrooms. Walking is on somewhat uneven paths and there is poison oak present.

How To Get There:  Drive S from Portland on Highway 43 (SW Macadam Avenue) through Lake Oswego to West Linn OR drive S from Portland on I205 to the West Linn Exit # 8 and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. After going under the highway, turn uphill onto Willamette Falls Drive just before the gas station. (This is the last right turn before coming to the bridge over the Willamette River, so if you find yourself on the bridge, you went too far). After one block, Willamette Falls Road turns 90 degrees to the left; continue on Willamette Falls Road for .25 mile. Veer right onto Sunset Avenue, which continues uphill, passing over I-205. Take the first right onto Walnut Street, which ends at the preserve entrance and parking area.

This information excerpted from the wonderful resource, Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas edited by Cody and Houck.

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