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Nestled next to the Willamette River, Spring Park Natural Area is a hidden gem in a quiet residential neighborhood in Milwaukie. Recent improvements to the park are restoring declining fish species and wildlife habitat as well as providing better access for park visitors.

There is limited designated street parking at the park. Entering the park, you’ll find a small playground, picnic benches and unique artistic features, like bike racks that resemble plant sprouts. There are no restrooms, or drinking water in the park.

A new path of compacted crushed rock and boardwalk improves on the once challenging access to the wetlands. The trail has been realigned to avoid sensitive habitat. A new overlook allows park visitors to view the wetlands without endangering sensitive wildlife areas

At the end of the trail, is a seasonal land bridge to Elk Rock Island.  When the Willamette River is low, you can scramble across this very rocky passage to the island. Elk Rock Island supports sensitive habitats that can be damaged by the slightest footprint. Stay on the designated trails and take nothing but photos. This way plants and wildlife will thrive and be enjoyed at the park for many generations to come.

Spring Park Natural Area

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation


Name: Spring Park Natural Area

Parks agency: North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District

Contact: (503) 742-4348 NCPRD general number

Location: SE Sparrow St at SE 19th Ave, Milwaukie, OR

Hours: opens half hour before sunrise and closes half hour after sunset

Public transit: MAX Orange Line, stop ID 13720 [3/4 mile] and TriMet bus 34, stop ID 13770 (every hour)

Length: 0.6 miles roundtrip

How difficult do we consider it: Easy to difficult

Date of last visit: August 26, 2021

Elk Rock Island has many unique natural features and habitats. There is seasonal access from Spring Park when the river is low. The passage is rocky but it is well worth it! There are designated natural surface trails that circumvent the island providing great views of the river, mainland and wildlife. The island habitats are extremely sensitive. Stay on the designated trails to protect these habitats for future generations.

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Yes, there are high and low tides on the Willamette River that may affect your ability to visit Elk Rock Island. Click on the image above to see an interactive tide chart for the river.

Tides on the Willamette?