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Fernhill Wetlands

Wildlife viewing, migratory birds, walking trailsWelcome Sign at Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill Wetlands
1399 SW Fern Hill Road
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Fernhill Wetlands is currently under construction to upgrade it to a natural treatment wetlands.  See Clean Water Services Fernhill Upgrade Project for updates and information on what trails may be temporarily closed.

Fernhill Wetlands is located near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. This peaceful site, located just minutes from downtown Forest Grove, attracts wildlife including herons, hawks, eagles and beavers.  This is an ideal place to spot migratory birds and waterfowl. There are short trails and viewing stands that make it easy to view the myriad wildlife. Waterfowl populations are daily in the thousands from November through March. Shorebirds occur (at least 17 species recorded thus far) in numbers frequently exceeding 100 birds in spring, fall, and sometimes in winter. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Dogs are not allowed because even the best behaved dogs may be a threat to the birds and wildlife that nest, rest and feed at Fernhill.  Thank you for leaving your dogs at home.

Annual Birds & Brew FestivalBirds and Brew Poster 2016 Toasting
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9 AM to 3 PM
Fernhill Wetlands & McMenamins Grand Lodge

Celebrate the birds and support Friends of Fernhill Wetlands at this year's annual Birds & Brew Festival
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Fernhill Wetlands Recognized for SustainabilityCWS Sustainability Award small

Clean Water Services, the City of Forest Grove and Fernhill Wetlands Council received Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association's (PNCWA) 2015 Sustainability Award for the Fernhill Wetlands natural treatment system “in recognition of projects that showcase exceptional sustainable design elements in the Pacific Northwest region.”

Clean Water Services representative, Sheri Wantland, accepted the award at the PNCWA conference in Boise in November and presented it to the City of Forest Grove at the City Council meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016.  Pictured at the right is Councilors Victoria Lowe and Malynda Wenzl accepting the award.

PNCWA is the Oregon, Idaho and Washington member association of the Water Environment Federation. The conference was attended by 860 water professionals, and several sessions were about various aspects of the Fernhill project.  Information about the Fernhill Wetlands natural treatment system can be found at



Wetlands has new Friends

A new group, the Friends of Fernhill Wetlands (FOFW), has organized and wants to invite area residents to join its ranks.  FOFW is a group of volunteers working together to enhance and preserve Fernhill Wetlands and its natural community while providing a unique setting for education and recreation.  The group's goal is to bring together people from business, education, government and citizenry to ensure a heritage of scenic beauty and human connection to nature for generations to come.  The Friends are evaluating new meeting venues and formats.  Stay tuned for announcements of future meetings and events.  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to help plan Friends events. 

Latest News Update:  Improvements at Fernhill Wetlands Soothe the Soul

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Fernhill Wetlands Council meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Community Auditorium Conference Room, 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove.