Fernhill Wetlands

Clean water, naturally

Fernhill Wetlands is part of more than 700 acres in Forest Grove owned by Clean Water Services and managed in partnership with the City of Forest Grove and Fernhill Wetlands Council. It is also a popular destination for birders who come to see rare migratory birds. The wetlands include Fernhill Lake, Cattail Marsh, Eagle Perch Pond and Dabbler's Marsh, accessible to the public by trails.




1399 SW Fern Hill Road, Forest Grove, Oregon, 97117

Driving directions: Take Highway 47 south out of Forest Grove. Turn left onto Fern Hill Road and continue a quarter mile to the free parking lot on the left.

Transit directions: Ride TriMet's Frequent Service bus line 57 to Pacific Hwy and Maple; walk or bike about a mile south on Maple St, which becomes Fern Hill Road when it crosses TV Hwy. There are sidewalks most of the way. 

No Dogs: Fernhill is for wildlife, so please do not bring pets.

Trails: Some trails are ADA. Bikes are not allowed on the trails, so please use the bike racks.

Tree planting: Save the date—March 19—for our spring 2016 planting, and enjoy photos from the fall 2015 planting.

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In The News

New killer revealed in dead Fernhill geese whodunit (Forest Grove News-Times) 11/11/15

The mystery of the dying geese at Fernhill Wetlands has taken another turn since six specimens were first analyzed in September...[The] culprit was likely fungal pneumonia caused by rotting, moldy crops.

Murder-mystery: Who killed the geese at Fernhill? (Forest Grove News-Times) 10/7/15

Last month, Clean Water Services staff began to receive reports of dead cackling geese at Fernhill Wetlands...[Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife test] results showed the geese died from ingesting zinc phosphide, likely while grazing in fields where the chemical is used to control voles.

Blue-green algae suspected in Fernhill wildlife deaths (Hillsboro Tribune) 9/16/2015:

When a beaver and some geese were found dead recently at Fernhill Wetlands, Clean Water Services employees suspected the culprit might be the microcystin toxin responsible for "blue green" algae. [Note: This article refers to Fernhill as a park, which it is not. The City of Forest Grove Parks & Recreation Department helps maintain some of the publicly-accessible areas in cooperation with Clean Water Services.]

The public is invited enjoy fine coffee and wildlife at the 4th Annual Birds and Brew Festival on Aug. 22 at the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. (OregonLive, 8/15/15)

Bird lovers, brew lovers unite at Fernhill

The Friends of Fernhill Wetlands will put on its fourth annual Birds and Brew Festival Aug. 22. (Forest Grove News Times, 8/12/15)

An Oasis in the Most Unlikely Place

The first word uttered by many visitors on tour to Fernhill for the first time is often a heartfelt “Wow!”  This reaction is usually followed by a puzzled look when we explain that what they see before them is a natural wastewater treatment system at work. (Biohabitats blog entry by Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, 8/7/15)

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