Wilkes Creek Natural Area
Restoring an important connection to the Columbia Slough
Wilkes Creek is one of the few natural surface creeks that provide cold, clear water into the Columbia Slough. It runs through a nearly 2-acre natural area that is part of the Riverview Village Homeowners Association. This site is also an important biological corridor that connects the Columbia Slough to Wilkes Creek Headwaters, a 21-acre natural area home to the native Stumptown Scud and managed by Portland Parks & Recreation.
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council started working at this site in 2010 in partnership with SOLVE. Most recently, the Council made this site a habitat restoration priority, working with volunteer groups including:
- Apex Co
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Boy Scout Troop 351
- Outside In
- Urban Nature Partners
The Council coordinates and partners with Portland Parks & Recreation for an annual Earth Day Stewardship event at WIlkes Creek Headwaters and Wilkes Creek Natural Area.