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Wildwood Recreation area

Underground stream viewing station at Wildwood Recreation site
Location Mount Hood National Forest
Nearest city approx. 39 miles (63 km) from Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°21′11″N 121°59′31″W / 45.353°N 121.992°W / 45.353; -121.992Coordinates: 45°21′11″N 121°59′31″W / 45.353°N 121.992°W / 45.353; -121.992
Area 580 acres (2.3 km2)
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
Fork in the boardwalk on the wetland walk

The Wildwood Recreation Site is a natural recreation area surrounded by the Mount Hood National Forest in northern Oregon, USA. It contains 580 acres (2.3 km2) of natural rainforest[1] and five miles (8 km) of interpretive trail along the Salmon River. It features Cascade Streamwatch, an underwater viewport into a mountain stream bed and live fish habitat. There is a wetland boardwalk trail, and trail access to the nearby 70 square mile (180 km²) Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, and the Sandy River.[2]

Wildwood educational programs offer scientists and researchers to help students gather and analyze environmental data related to the Salmon environment such as the river's chemical and physical properties, and the many resident invertebrates.[3]

A variety of streams and wetlands provide a diverse environment. Sixes Creek and a quarter mile (400 m) side channel of the Salmon River (restored in 1998), provide habitat for several anadromous fish: Steelhead, Cutthroat and Chinook. The wetlands and Huckleberry Mountain are the source of Sixes Creek, both of which provide habitat for juvenile Coho salmon, waterbirds, amphibians, and migratory birds.[4] Other frequently seen wildlife include beavers, blacktail deer, raccoons, rabbits, and snakes.[5] The entire 33.9 mile (55 km) length of the Salmon River is protected National Wild and Scenic River[3], the only such river in the contiguous 48 states.[5]

Wildwood Recreation Site is located 39 miles (63 km) east of Portland, Oregon on U.S. Route 26 along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway just east of the Mount Hood National Forest information center. This area was near the end of the Barlow Road, the end of the Oregon Trail.

The site is administered by the Bureau of Land Management and charges an admission fee.[6] [7] Facilities include outdoor study areas, picnic areas, group shelters for up to 200 people, softball diamonds, volleyball pits, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, playground with jungle gym, swings and slides.[8][9]


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