Floodplain in Action

The Tualatin River crested at over 34 feet in December, its highest level since 1997. Seeing the wetlands capture this much water was truly a unique experience. Our refuge is located at the lower end of a watershed  within the “100 year floodplain,” but what exactly does that mean? It means our refuge wetlands and upland fields have a big role to play when we receive historic rains like we did in December. Namely, helping capture lots of water and provide a place for the Tualatin River and Rock Creek to flow once they crest their banks.

The outside viewing deck and the indoor Wildlife Center are great places to observe the water and wildlife activity. The Wildlife Center provides spotting scopes to aid in your viewing. Flood waters have receded now and the year-round walking trail has reopened.

Trailside bench covered with debris
Habitat Edges bench was a little messy after the water receded.  

Water over the top of Rock Creek Bridge 
The Rock Creek Bridge was underwater during the flood. That's a lot of water!

Atfalat'i Unit looking NW from observation deck
Atfalat'i Unit flooding looking NW from Wildlife Center. The Tualatin River is in the background past the treeline.

Onion Flats unit looking west from Cipole Rd
Onion Flats Unit flooding looking west from Cipole Road. Rock Creek flows across the middle of this unit. 

Visit the Bird Tracker to view current activity.

Upcoming events

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