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.

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In The News

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)

4th Annual Birds and Brew Festival on August 22 to Benefit Friends of Fernhill Wetlands

Join the family-friendly fun and learn about wetland critters, migratory birds, wildlife photography, and natural treatment wetlands. Fun and informative tours, live birds of prey and reptiles, hands on science and nature, face painting, artists, and other activities are on tap. (Media release, 7/31/15)

Middle-Schoolers Conduct Scientific 'Critter Count'

Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and even the critters you can’t see — none of these escaped the watchful eyes of 54 fifth- and sixth-graders at Forest Grove Community School. (Forest Grove News-Times, 5/27/15)

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