Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a magnet for waterfowl in the fall and winter because of western Oregon’s mild climate. Cackling geese and northern pintail ducks are the most numerous species of waterfowl and are often seen and/or heard flying in large flocks. The mild climate also makes Jackson Bottom attractive to hawks, eagles, sparrows, and the occasional out-of-range song bird species (e.g., black and Say’s phoebe, palm warbler, northern shrike, blue-gray gnatcatcher) as a place to spend the winter, or at least visit even if just briefly. The first flooding typically happens in November. Water levels fluctuate throughout this period in direct relation to rainfall. Some trails may be closed for days or weeks due to flooding. Call the Nature Center at 503-681-6206 to learn about trail conditions before your visit.
2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and Nature Center are located off of SW Hillsboro Highway.
Preserve trails begin at the parking lot and branch into several different paths that explore the wetlands, and return to the main entrance. There is a seasonal trailhead at the north viewing area to access the trail system.
Hours and Admission
- Trails are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
- No dogs or bicycles, please.
- The Nature Center is open 10 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. Closed holidays.
Groups of 10 or more, or others seeking accommodation, please call 503-681-6206 to schedule your visit or inquire about trail conditions.
Admission is free and open to the public; there is a suggested donation of $2 for ages 10+.
Plan Your Visit
Opened in September 2003, the 12,000 sq. ft. Wetlands Nature Center includes an exhibit hall filled with interactive exhibits on wetlands and natural history, and the only bald eagle nest on display in the continental United States. The Center also has a Nature Store, a multipurpose space for programs, and a large covered deck overlooking the Preserve—a perfect space for rentals and special events. The Center is a gateway to the unique resources and programs of the Preserve.
Metro Awards $335,000 Grant
Metro awarded the City of Hillsboro a $335,000 Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant for the restoration of 270-acres of degraded habitat at the north of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.
Located minutes south of downtown Hillsboro, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve’s 635 acres are a quiet sanctuary for both people and wildlife. Over 211 species of birds are sighted annually at Jackson Bottom, including Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and thousands of Tundra Swans and Northern Pintails, making Jackson Bottom a haven for bird watchers. The Preserve is home to deer, otters, beavers, and thousands of other species.
Providing interpretive education on wetlands and wildlife, panoramic views, natural resource management, trails and recreation, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a treasure for the entire region.
WILD - Wetlands Individual Leadership Development
Teen volunteers are needed to fill summer camp counselor positions. WILD counselors volunteer in outdoor nature day camps for youth ages 6 – 12. WILD applicants must be in high school and age 14 – 18. Applications are due by April 9, 2018.