Start your journey at Canemah Neighborhood Children’s Park, where you’ll find picnic tables, a playground, a basketball court and restrooms. Continue into the natural area, following more than a mile of unpaved trails through a mosaic of habitats. Birders can spot chipping sparrows, red-breasted sapsuckers, white-breasted nuthatches, orange-crowned warblers, hawks and eagles.
Animals love the rich diversity of habitats at Canemah Bluff, including rare Oregon white oak and Pacific madrone trees as well as heartier and faster-growing Douglas fir, maple and alder. Metro’s science team has removed invasive plants and strategically thinned trees that compete with oaks – part of a broader effort to reverse their dramatic decline in the Willamette Valley. When oak trees thrive, so do the plants and animals that depend on them for food and shelter.
See and do
- Hunt for spring wildflowers, including Camas and Brodiaea lilies, white larkspur and rosy Plectritus.
- Enjoy views of the Willamette River.
- Learn about the history of the riverboat community of Canemah, which comes from “canim” or “canoe” in Chinook.
Know when you go
- Canemah Neighborhood Children’s Park has bathrooms, picnic tables, a playground and a basketball court.
- The park is managed by Oregon City.
- Canemah Bluff Natural Area opens half an hour before sunrise and closes half an hour after sunset.
- Dogs are not allowed in the natural area because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife. Dogs are allowed on leash in all Oregon City parks.
Park in the small lot at Canemah Neighborhood Children’s Park, which serves as a gateway to Metro’s natural area.