May 2, 2019 | By Sylke Neal-Finnegan | No Comments

Check Out Our Waters of Wonder

things to do in the tualatin valley hagg lakeHenry Hagg Lake (Gaston, Oregon) in Tualatin Valley

From wetlands and rivers to our recreational lake, Henry Hagg Lake, Tualatin Valley’s waterways are worthy of exploration. During these cool spring days, when the temperature of both the air and the water are not quite warm enough to jump in, check out the myriad ways to experience the Portland region’s waters of wonder (without getting wet).

The Tualatin River gives way to amazing wetlands in the Tualatin Valley. For instance, Fernhill Wetlands is located near the confluence of Gales Creek with the Tualatin River. This natural wetlands allows migrating birds to be the ones to make a splash. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a primo spot to gaze upon the slow-moving Tualatin River. Keep an eye out, as you may catch site of a beaver or playful otter.

For some, a lackadaisical day of fishing is the best reset button. Tualatin Valley provides plenty of opportunities for anglers of all ages. Cast for crappie, bait the bass and trawl for trout at one of the many fishing holes in the Tualatin Valley. Two favorites include Gales Creek, which is known for its lush campgrounds and fly fishing options, and Henry Hagg Lake, which is open to motorized and non-motorized boats, as well as swimmers.

Hop into a canoe or kayak for a ride down the softly meandering Tualatin River. The river provides a soothing waterway for not only paddling, but also for wildlife viewing. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Tualatin Riverkeepers rents kayaks and canoes at Cook Park, one of several river access points.

This Trip Idea includes content originally written by Jackie Hagan.

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