Please see my Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge general information on how to get to the publicly accessible part of the wildlife refuge.During the summer months, there isn't a huge amount that can be seen from the observation platform at the end of the all-year trail that runs between the visitors center and the north end of the publicly...more
This wildlife refuge is scattered into several different locations. As of this writing, VirtualTourist doesn't feature it as a location on its system (unlike, say, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge or the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge) so for now the refuge will be added to the nearest community that does exist on VirtualTourist, which is the...more
On ongoing effort for some years has been improving the public access to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.Opened in 2008, the new nature center at the refuge includes an indoor viewing area, and outdoor viewing area, a small store, and a small but fairly complete educational room with information about the ecological history of the...more
Unfortunately, I can't say that this viewpoint offers too much for visitors. It is possible to get a different perspective on some of the wetland areas in the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, but the view is not particularly good due to the distance from the main areas of the refuge and the trees that form an obstacle.There is a loop in the...more
During the late spring and all summer months, it is possible to walk on the access roads inside the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. From October 1 to April 30 it is not possilbe to walk on these roads, unless you are part of the National Wildlife Refuge crew and have permission to be there (such as working with a volunteer group removing...more
Access to this photo blind is only available by reservation. The blind itself is fairly well hidden in the grass and trees of the refuge, so that it is not easy to see the small structure from any direction unless you are failry close to it.The idea of the photo blind is to allow people to get close to the bird life without scaring them or...more
While it doesn't look like much from the outside, this is one of the best deals in the Portland area, especially during the lunch specials.
From the outside, it looks just like a standard restaurant that is part of a strip mall, without much potential.
Once you walk through the doors, you will find that the entire place is decorated in hand made artwork. Even the ceramic light fixtures above the tables appear to be individually made to be one of a kind works of art.
The food is quite good, especially considering the price.
There is an outdoor seating area, but it is seldom used. I'm guessing this is because of the traffic noise from nearby 99W.
Please note that the web site featured below does not include the Sherwood location for some reason. However, it is the same local restaurant chain - right down to the numbered items on the on-line menu.
Favorite Dish: The $6 lunch specials can't be beat! In almost all cases they are a pile of food that arrives hot and relatively quickly.
The good news is that the old pit toilets that once served as the point of relief for the refuge have been removed and replaced with actual flush toilets.The better news is that the restroom facility also has parts of it that are part of educational efforts at the refuge. The most visible of these is the "vertical garden" that has been planted to...more
Bald Eagles are known to frequent the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, so be sure to keep your eyes open.If you do see them, they will most likely appear as they do in photo 2: almost invisible and perched on a barren tree in the middle of the refuge - or very close to the middle.To really see them, you will have to use some telephoto...more