Paper pub. date
January 2002
ISBN 9780870715402 (paperback)
5-3/8 x 8-3/8 inches, 176 pages. Color illustrations. Maps. Drawings. Bibliography. Index.

Exploring the Tualatin River Basin

A Nature and Recreation Guide

Tualatin Riverkeepers
Edited by [[Susan Peter]] and [[Shirley Ewart]].

The Tualatin River Basin in Washington County, Oregon has some of the most appealing and least known natural areas in the greater Portland area, and nobody knows the territory better than Tualatin Riverkeepers.

This informative, well-organized guide introduces 85 readily accessible sites throughout the Tualatin River Basin, from the River's tributaries in the Coast Range to its confluence with the Willamette River. The detailed site descriptions include directions, maps, and a wealth of information on the plants, wildlife, and natural attractions to be found. Also included are brief features on the flora, fauna, ecology, and history of the area.

Hikers, canoeists, naturalists, birders, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find this unique field guide an essential companion as they explore the beautiful, meandering Tualatin River and its environs.

About the author

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community-based organization working to protect and restore the Tualatin River system. TRK builds watershed stewardship through public education, access to nature, citizen involvement and advocacy… connecting people to the natural resources in their community.

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The Tualatin Riverkeepers
Viewing Tips
How to Use This Guide
Map of the Tualatin River Basin

VIEWING AREA 1: Upper Tualatin River
Wapato Lake Flooded Farmlands
Hagg Lake
Gales Creek Campground
Blodgett Arboretum
Rippling Waters Nature Park
Rodgers Park
Fernhill Wetlands
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Cedar Canyon Marsh/Killin Wetlands
U.J. Hamby Park
Nurse Logs, by Susan Peter
Glencoe Swale
Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve
The Atfalati, by Shirley Ewart

VIEWING AREA 2: Rock Creek
Rock Creek Nature Preserve/PCC
Emerald Estates Park
Bethany Lake Park
Amberglen Wetland
The Belted Kingfisher, by Brian Wegener
Noble Woods Park
Small Mammals (photo collage)
Century High School Wetlands
Animal Tracks, by Steve Engel
Little Park on Reedville Creek
Hillwood Park
Residents of Hillwood Park (photo collage)
Turner Creek Park
Rood Bridge Road Park

VIEWING AREA 3: Beaverton Creek
Downtown Beaverton Creek Walk
Millikan Way Light Rail Station
Beaverton Creek Wetlands Park
Swallows of the Tualatin, by Brian Wegener
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Pheasant Park
Whispering Woods Park
Arleda Park
Sutherland Meadows Park

VIEWING AREA 4: Bronson, Willow, & Cedar Mill Creeks
Spyglass Park
Bronson Creek Park
Willow Creek Nature Park
Waterhouse Park
Salix Park
Cedar Mill Park
Jordan Park
Foothills Park
Commonwealth Lake Park
Little Flowers (photo collage)
The Tualatin River Paddling Trail, by Paul Whitney and Brian Wegener)

VIEWING AREA 5: Beaverton's Johnson Creek
Summercrest Park
Beacon Hill Wetlands Park
Vale Park
Lowami Hart Woods Park
Brookhaven Park
Lilly K. Johnson Park
Insects Along the Tualatin River, by Greg Baker

VIEWING AREA 6: Butternut Creek
Farmington Center Wetland
Butternut Park
Meadowbrook Park
Colorful Residents (photo collage)
Is That a Beaver?
Butternut Elementary School Park
Hazeldale & Rosa Parks

VIEWING AREA 7: Upper Fanno Creek
Woods Memorial Park
Gabriel Park
Raleighwood Park
Oregon Episcopal School Wetlands
Vista Brook Park
Beaverton's Greenway & Fanno Creek Parks
Creekside Marsh

"A concise, accurate, thorough and downright beautiful guide to an area that is underappreciated by those who haven't taken the time to look around them. This little book is so well written, so well organized, so well illustrated, that readers can learn to love the beauty and value of the Tualatin just by reading the book. So think of the adventures each of its sections can take you on! Buy this amazing book and let it spark a summer of outdoor discoveries."

—Dan Hays, Statesman Journal

"Exploring the Tualatin River Basin is an excellent way to discover the wildlife and natural diversity in our very own backyards. My congratulations to Tualatin Riverkeepers for this wonderful resource."

—Senator Mark Hatfield

"It is apparent that the residents of the Tualatin Valley treasure their wildlife and have set aside many areas for its health and diversity. This guide invites the reader to visit and enjoy these special places, giving concise directions to access points and providing a glimpse at what makes each spot so special."

—Harry Nehls, author of Familiar Birds of the Northwest

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