CRYSTAL SPRINGS RHODODENDRON GARDEN
Located near Reed College, this lake adjoins the beautiful rhododendron gardens and is part of the Johnson Creek watershed.
In fall and winter as many as a dozen species of waterfowl such as Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and Hooded Merganser, can be seen up close. Kingfishers, Great Blue and Green Herons are also
Walking is on mostly level paved paths and the group usually spends time with scopes scanning the water for ducks. This is a great spot for beginners as the ducks are easily viewed and identification can be much easier. Wheelchair accessible and seasonally available restroom.
Meeting place is at the entrance to the gardens on SE 28th Street just north of SE Woodstock Blvd. From the west side, cross the Ross Island Bridge and exit onto McLoughlin Blvd. Get off at Holgate and follow Holgate to SE 28th. Turn right and follow 28th until you see the parking lot on the right. From the east side, follow Powell Blvd. to SE 39th. Turn left and follow to Holgate. Turn right and follow to SE 28th. Turn left on 28th and follow until you see the parking lot on the right.
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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