Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is an expansive 635-acre wildlife preserve–a complex of wetlands and uplands within the Tualatin River floodplain–located within the city limits of Hillsboro. Jackson Bottom is part of a vast complex of open spaces, wildlife corridors and lowlands reaching from Fernhill Wetlands to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Jackson bottom features year-round wildlife viewing from 4.5 miles of trails, wildlife viewing blinds and the deck of the 12,000-square-foot Wetlands Education Center. The Center offers unique hands-on exhibits, tours, programs for schools and groups, volunteer opportunities, facility rentals, fantastic views of the wetlands and a Nature Store. One of the main exhibits is the 1,500-pound bald eagle nest, the first authentic bald eagle nest recovered from the wild on display anywhere in the nation.

An electric vehicle (EV) charging station is available at this location.

Hours: Trails are open daily, dawn to dusk Get the trails map >>>

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

Bicycles Allowed? No

Flora: Wapato, Golden Currant, Snow Berry, Trillium, Yellow Wood Violet

Wildlife: Bobcat, American Beaver, Little Brown Bat, Brush Rabbit, Northern River Otter, Great White Egret, American Bald Eagle, Sparrow See list of most common mammals spotted at Jackson Bottom >>>

Did you know…

  • Bald eagles, sprey, great horned owls and red-tailed hawks all nest at Jackson Bottom?
  • Frogs like to hide from predators in the Wapato, an important food source for early Native Americans?

Group Meetings & Events Groups may reserve one area or the entire facility for special events. The Education Center is available for business meetings, banquets, presentations, workshops, receptions, class reunions, education classes, seminars, birthday parties and meetings. Available equipment and amenities include TV/VCR/DVD, video camera, 35mm slide projector and screens, overhead projector, video projector, digital camera, laptop with projector, easels and flip charts, dry-erase board, podium, laser pointer, audio cassette recorder, binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides.