Oaks Bottom is a floodplain wetland located along the east bank of the Willamette River.  Part of the park is built on a sanitation landfill consisting of 400,000 cubic feet of construction waste material layered with soil.  The City of Portland acquired the landfill property from the Donald M. Drake Company at the beginning of 1969 to block its development as an industrial park.  The area was believed, at the time, to be one of the few remaining marshland areas in Portland, and local residents were strongly opposed to its development as industrial property.

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Bluff Trail

Portland Parks & Recreation

Options for getting to the Bluff Trail

Option 1:  Park in the accessible parking spaces at Oaks Amusement Park, where there is an intended accessible route and crosswalk that is supposed to take one under the Springwater Corridor trail.  Note that the gate is locked, so the only way to get from the parking space is to go through the driveway.  This is the most direct route.

Option 2:  Park in the street by Oaks Pioneer Church and use the gravel service road next to the church.  This is a fallback if one can’t park at the amusement park.  This adds about 1/3 mile, each way.

Option 3:  Park at the north parking lot and come down the very steep paved bike path.  However, if the three stone Steps pose an obstacle, one will not be able to get to the Bluff Trail.  This is an option if one wants to explore other than the Bluff Trail.  This adds about 1/2 mile, each way.






Bluff Trail: 1.3 miles from parking to steps

Springwater Corridor Trail

YEH trail from Oaks Pioneer Church: .4 mile

Oaks Amusement Park

Connector to north parking lot: .4 mile