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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Butterfly Park
Interpretive sign
Butterfly Park Naturescape
7720 S Macadam Avenue Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 1.07
Acquired in 1984

Includes natural area, and paths - unpaved.
Natural Area Paths - Unpaved

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

For COVID-19 related information on closures and postponements, please visit

The park can be accessed via Willamette Park or Macadam Avenue (Hwy 43).

Program Information
This small area of undeveloped Willamette River shoreline, along the Willamette Greenway, is a good example of the natural environment of the river. The park is deciduous woodland planted for butterflies and insects; it was named 'butterfly' for its importance as a habitat for butterflies. Vegetation includes native grasses, wildflowers, and dogwood. Butterfly species include mourning cloaks and orange sulphurs. The park is frequented by various birds including cedar waxwings, killdeer, orioles, and chickadees. An interpretive sign is located at the entrance to the park.

South Portland Riverbank Project

Historical Information
The area was formerly a gravel parking lot and refuse area for the Macadam Bay Club. In 1991 volunteers began planting wildflower seeds harvested from the Columbia Gorge.