Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill Wetlands is located near the confluence of Gales Creek with the Tualatin River, just minutes from downtown Forest Grove. It’s a world-class destination for birders who come to see rare migratory birds and waterfowl. The site encompasses nearly 800 acres and attracts various wildlife, including herons, hawks, eagles, beavers, otters and mink. Amenities include public parking, restrooms, picnic shelter and short trails with viewing stands.

Ninety acres recently were transformed into treatment wetlands, with an ADA-accessible Water Garden featuring graceful wooden bridges and a great view. This is an ideal place to spot migratory birds and waterfowl; short trails and viewing stands make it easy to view the myriad wildlife.

Hours: Open dawn to dusk daily

Pet Policy: For the protection of wildlife, dogs, horses and other pets are prohibited.

Wildlife: Bald Eagle, Greater Yellowleg, American Whote Pelican, Northern Shoveler, Long-Billed Dowitcher, Belted Kingfisher

Did you know…

  • Fernhill Wetlands is home to a bald eagle’s nest, built in a cottonwood tree?
  • A memorial to wildlife biologist Cyde A. Scott is located here?
  • The wetlands has a solar-powered camera station?