Local Landmark: Camassia Nature Preserve in West Linn Oregon

May 9, 2023

Camassia Natural Area is a beautiful nature preserve located in West Linn, Oregon. This area is a hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest, and it offers visitors a chance to experience a unique ecosystem that is home to a diverse array of plants and wildlife.


Camassia Nature Preserve – West Linn Parks and Rec

4800 Walnut St, West Linn, OR 97068 map

Stunning Display

The Camassia Natural Area covers approximately 26 acres of land and is home to a variety of habitats, including wetlands, forests, and grasslands. One of the main attractions of this natural area is the stunning display of wildflowers that bloom in the spring. The area is particularly known for its large fields of camas lilies, which bloom in late April and early May, transforming the landscape into a sea of blue-purple hues.

Aside from the camas lilies, visitors can also spot a variety of other wildflowers, including Oregon iris, trillium, and shooting stars. The natural area is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, beavers, and otters. Visitors can hike along the trails and observe these animals in their natural habitats.


The Camassia Natural Area was established in 1999, and since then, the park has been carefully managed to protect the unique ecosystem. The park is open to visitors year-round, and there are several trails that visitors can explore. The main trail is the Camassia Loop Trail, which is a 1.6-mile loop that takes visitors through the heart of the park. The trail is well-maintained and relatively easy, making it accessible to hikers of all skill levels.

What People are Saying – Camassia Natural Area, West Linn Oregon

We have hiked countless miles and enjoy using the trail system throughout all the seasons. Great place to take hikers of all ages and abilities.

Jason Buce, Local Guide

Awesome place for a short nature walk! Probably takes about 20 minutes to do the easy main trail loop. Very serene and not a single piece of trash. Saw some kids climbing rocks so that might be enjoyable too for young ones.

Nick Reno, Local Guide

My almost 3 year old and I came here for a walk and completely fell in love. The pathways were so well maintained, and on this particular day, everything was in bloom.

Sorren Kerr, Local Guide

Features & Programs

One of the unique features of the Camassia Natural Area is its boardwalk trail, which takes visitors through a wetland area. This trail is accessible year-round and offers visitors a chance to see a variety of wetland plants and animals, including cattails, skunk cabbage, and red-winged blackbirds.

The Camassia Natural Area is also home to several educational programs, which are designed to teach visitors about the area’s unique ecosystem. These programs are offered throughout the year and cover a variety of topics, including bird watching, wetland ecology, and wildflower identification.

The Camassia Natural Area is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature and outdoor recreation. With its stunning wildflowers, diverse wildlife, and educational programs, this natural area offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and wonder of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature enthusiast, you’re sure to find something to love at the Camassia Natural Area.

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