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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Smith & Bybee Wetlands
5300 N Marine Drive Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 205.71
Acquired in 1961

Includes canoe launch, natural area, paths – paved, statue or public art, and trails – hiking.
Canoe Launch Natural Area Paths – Paved Statue Or Public Art Trails – Hiking

Special Information
Most visitors to the lakes can find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, and one of the largest remaining populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. Access to the wildlife area is either by the Interlakes Trail - a paved, accessible trail that includes two wildlife viewing platforms - or by non-motorized boat. There is a canoe launch area as well as restrooms, interpretive displays, a covered shelter, parking for 40 cars, a bus drop-off, and public art.

Program Information
For more information, visit Metro Parks.

Historical Information
This natural area is the largest protected wetland within an American city even though it is surrounded by port terminals, warehouses, and other commercial developments. In 1990, the Portland Planning Commission approved a management plan for the lakes. They determined that Smith Lake would be maintained at a fairly constant water level and developed for low-intensity water recreation, such as fishing and canoeing. Bybee Lake, on the other hand, would be allowed to rise and fall with the tides and seasons and would be kept as an environmental preserve.