Willamette River

The Willamette River ( wil-LAM-it) is a major tributary of the Columbia River, accounting for 12 to 15 percent of the Columbia's flow. The Willamette's main stem is 187 miles (301 km) long, lying entirely in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Flowing northward between the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Range, the river and its tributaries form the Willamette Valley, a basin that contains two-thirds of Oregon's population, including the state capital, Salem, and the state's largest city, Portland, which surrounds the Willamette's mouth at the Columbia. Originally created by plate tectonics about 35 million years ago and subsequently altered by volcanism and erosion, the river's drainage basin was significantly modified by the Missoula Floods at the end of the most recent ice age.…
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Isaac "Whiskey" Brown and John Minto were settlers who homesteaded here, and the…
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The site of Jason Lee's 1834 Methodist mission to the Kalapuya natives, Willamet…
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Flat, well-maintained, accessible, and picturesque, Pre's Trail draws hundreds o…
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This loop at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers takes you on …
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Founded on an 1829 land claim by Dr. John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at the Hudson…
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This is an unusual entrance to Forest Park and takes you on a complete loop on s…
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A network of former user trails threads through this Metro property above the vo…
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George Rogers Park fronts the Willamette River at its confluence with Oswego Cre…
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This new state park, part of the Willamette River Greenway, offers three short l…
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These two parks, part of the non-contiguous Willamette River Greenway, offer qui…
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The City of Albany has trails on both sides of the Willamette River: the path de…
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In 2003, the City of Salem bought the Union Street Railroad Bridge (opened in 19…
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The Camassia Natural Area was purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 1962. It ha…
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