Learn about the goals and objectives for Willamette River Greenway. View maps illustrating the Metro Council's priorities for this regional greenway corridor and learn more about what parts of the trail are already complete.
Tier I Objectives
The Willamette River Greenway was originally established by the 1967 Oregon Legislature as a grant program for land acquisition to State Parks along the Willamette River from Eugene through Portland. The Greenway evolved from a state parks and recreation program in 1970 to a natural corridor program in 1972. Goals for the state program are to protect, conserve, restore, enhance and maintain the ecological, natural, scenic, historical, agricultural, economic, cultural and recreational qualities and resources along the Willamette River.
There is an important trails aspect to this target area, with many completed sections (including large sections of the 40 Mile Loop), but significant remaining gaps.
Many cities in the metro area located along the Willamette River have renewed their commitment and effort to improve access and recreation opportunities, water quality and ecological restoration of the river during the last 10 years. Several citizen groups have formed to advocate for the cleanup of the river and to create more miles of trails and access points along the river.
Acquisition and connections between existing public holdings along the greenway from Wilsonville to the Multnomah Channel will protect fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, scenic resources and improve public access to the river.
To date 1,012 acres have been protected by Metro in this area including: a large wildlife habitat area along the west side of the Multnomah Channel, Willamette Cove near the St. Johns neighborhood in Portland and the Willamette Narrows and Canemah Bluffs areas (now designated its own target area) south of the Tualatin River near West Linn. Trail connections were also secured through the 1995 program including the 3-mile “Springwater on the Willamette” section of the trail.
In September 2007 the Metro Council approved acquisition plans for each of the 27 regional target areas. The Metro Council established these priorities with the input of natural resource and land use experts, scientists, citizens and local land managers. More than 500 people attended eight community open houses to share their ideas with Metro Councilors. Nearly 1,000 people filled out questionnaires ranking their priorities and offering ideas for partnerships and other ways to stretch the public's investment. The acquisition plans include a map, goals and objectives for each target area.
Natural Areas Program