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Cascade Streamwatch at Wildwood Recreation Site
Getaways Close to Home > Cascade Streamwatch at Wildwood Recreation Site (OR) 
39 miles east of Portland, Oregon.
Located along the Salmon Wild and Scenic River, Wildwood Recreation Site is a day-use area that is home to the Cascade Streamwatch and Wildwood Wetland Trails. These trails provide visitors with a unique opportunity to explore natural stream and wetland ecosystems along barrier-free interpretive trails and boardwalks. From the Cascade Streamwatch Trail, visitors can view young salmon and steelhead in a natural stream through an in-channel glass viewing structure. Wildwood offers family picnic units, group day-use shelters, playing fields, Salmon River access trails, and walking trails. The historic Barlow Road, which crosses Wildwood, is an Oregon Trail site, easily accessible from U.S. Highway 26.
From Portland, take Interstate 84 east to Exit 16, towards Wood Village. Turn right onto 238th Drive and follow it for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Burnside Street, which becomes U.S. Highway 26. Proceed east on U.S. Highway 26; the Wildwood Recreation Site is located on the south side of the highway, 1 mile west of the community of Welches.
Visitor Activities
Self-guided interpretive walks, picnicking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, swimming, historic site, fishing, and hiking.
Special Features
The Cascade Streamwatch project, a collaborative effort among BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, and the non-profit Wolftree, Inc., has restored over 2 miles of fisheries habitat and developed facilities that offer visitors a chance to view and learn firsthand about anadromous fish in their natural habitat. The network of barrier-free trails is highlighted by creative sculptures, models, interpretive signing, and kiosks.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Fees vary. Please contact BLM for more information.
Both the Cascade Streamwatch and Wildwood Wetland Trails are wheelchair-accessible, as are restrooms, paved trails, and picnic sites.
Camping and Lodging
There is no overnight camping on-site. There are several private overnight accommodations in nearby towns,including Welches (1 mile east), Government Camp (13 miles west), and Sandy (16 miles east).
Food and Supplies
Food and supplies are available inWelches.
First Aid
Emergency services are available in Gresham (28 miles northwest) or Portland.
Additional Information
Contact BLM with any additional questions.
Contact Information
BLM - Salem District Office
1717 Fabry Road, SE
Salem, OR 97306
Tel: (503) 375-5646

Wildwood Recreation Site Map

Cascade Streamwatch

The developed facilities at Cascade Streamwatch include a unique underwater stream-viewing chamber along a restored side channel of the Salmon Wild and Scenic River. (BLM)

Last updated: 10-23-2009