SMITH AND BYBEE LAKES – NORTH PORTLAND
Often referred to as “the big secret of North Portland”, many people are surprised to find that these beautiful lakes exist side by side with industrial warehouses.
Two large lakes dominate the area and are host to a wide variety of waterfowl, raptors and mammals. The surrounding woodlands teem with songbirds during spring and fall migration and there are resident songbirds year round. The Interlakes Trail runs 1\2 mile through the park and is wheelchair accessible. Two viewing blinds are accessed from this trail.
How to Get There: From I-5 take the Marine Dr exit and follow signs for Marine Dr West. Go for a few miles until you go over the railroad bridge and can see the lakes on the left. Soon after that is the left turn into the parking lot. Follow the road down to the designated parking area with restrooms.
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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