Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches

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The Wildwood Recreation Site is a natural recreation area surrounded by the Mount Hood National Forest in northern Oregon, United States. It encompasses 580 acres (230 ha) of old growth forest and five miles (8 km) of interpretive trail along the Salmon River. It features Cascade Streamwatch, an underwater viewport into a mountain stream bed and live fish habitat. There is a wetland boardwalk trail, and trail access to the nearby 70-square-mile (180 km2) Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, and the Sandy River.
Wildwood educational programs offer scientists and researchers to help students gather and analyze environmental data related to the Salmon environment such as the river's chemical and physical properties, and the many resident invertebrates.
A variety of streams and wetlands provide a diverse environment. Sixes Creek and a quarter mile (400 m) side channel of the Salmon River (restored in 1998), provide habitat for several anadromous fish: steelhead, Cutthroat trout and Chinook salmon. The wetlands and Huckleberry Mountain are the source of Sixes Creek, both of which provide habitat for juvenile Coho salmon, waterbirds, amphibians, and migratory birds. Other frequently seen wildlife include beavers, blacktail deer, raccoons, rabbits, and snakes. The entire 33.9 mile (55 km) length of the Salmon River is protected as a National Wild and Scenic River. Wildwood Recreation Site is 39 miles (63 km) east of Portland, Oregon, on U.S. Route 26 along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway just east of the Mount Hood National Forest information center. This area was near the end of the Barlow Road, the end of the Oregon Trail.

The site is administered by the Bureau of Land Management and charges an admission fee. Facilities include outdoor study areas, picnic areas, group shelters for up to 200 people, softball diamonds, volleyball pits, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, playground with jungle gym, swings and slides.
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  • Wildwood Recreation Site is easily accessible off Hwy 26. There is a $5 fee to enter with your car unless you have an annual pass. It is well worth it. Lots of easy, scenic hiking trails. There is... 
    Wildwood Recreation Site is easily accessible off Hwy 26. There is a $5 fee to enter with your car unless you have an annual pass. It is well worth it. Lots of easy, scenic hiking trails. There is...  more »
  • Peaceful gorgeous place, really nice. Clear river and peaceful tree-filled picnic area. Would come back again any time 
    Peaceful gorgeous place, really nice. Clear river and peaceful tree-filled picnic area. Would come back again any time  more »
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  • October 1 ... the Salmon are Spawning . What a perfect place to view the end and the ultimate new beginning of the life of the Salmon. The park located just off of US 26. , about 40 minutes east of Portland. The park has numerous paved walking trails , most adjacent to the Salmon river. The trails are shaded with dappled sun . This would be a great getaway on a hot Portland summer day. The park has a unique underwater viewing room which allows the visitor to gaze at stream life both above and below the water surface. The trails in the park are paved and well maintained. This park is definitely Handicap ♿️ doable and recommended. This park is great for children of all ages. Restrooms are available and clean. There are numerous benches along the trails. This a day use park only. There are several grills and picnic tables . There are signs explaining the ecology of salmon and the forest around the river. This park is a federal park so senior passes for free entry apply here . The are fees to enter this park for others but it is well worth the entry fee. Restaurants are available nearby outside park boundaries. Final take ... GO ,GO, GO. 2 HOURS OR ALL DAY. ....BUT GO.
  • The most quiet spot available on the south side of the mountain. So many fuzzy trees! Wonderfully maintained trails with fantastic Nature all around. Best hour of your life you'll ever spend walking in the woods. And Ewoks too!

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