The site, located between the old Browns Island landfill and the Willamette River, was badly eroded cropland until the Environmental Services staff enrolled it in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Through this federal and state program, hundreds of volunteers planted 45,000 native trees and shrubs along the river on April 15, 2000. These native plants will help control erosion, reduce flood damage to the property, and provide critical wildlife habitat along the Willamette River. A footpath, made from recycled asphalt grindings, loops through the park and provides visitors year around access. An arbor and interpretive signs have been completed on an existing all weather pad also constructed of recycled asphalt grindings and rock. The arbor serves as the entrance to the county park and provides a location to post interpretive signs with information about the CREP, history of the area and aspects of the Willamette River Watershed. There are also several picnic tables located at the arbor and along the river for an afternoon picnic. Please take some time to visit the site and check out the signs and the arbor when you get a chance.
Facilities at a glance
- Picnic area
- Views of the Willamette River
- Wildlife viewing of osprey, bald eagles, herons, waterfowl, and other river-dwellers
- A 60-acre restoration, featuring over 45,000 native plants
- A year around, all-weather footpath
- Interpretive signs describing restoration efforts, history of the area, and the Willamette River watershed.
- Day Use Only.
8:00 am to Sunset
Currently, Eola Bend is only accessible from the City of Salem’s Minto Brown Island Park.
For More Information Contact:
5155 Silverton Rd.
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 588-5036
Eola Bend County Park
Salem, OR 97301
8:00 a.m. - Sunset
Day Use Only