Vanport Wetlands Open for the Mosaic Festival

The 90.5 acre Vanport Wetlands Mitigation site, owned and managed by the Port of Portland, will be open to the public on Monday, May 29, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival tours of the historic Vanport site. Tours begin at the Portland Expo Center and pre-registration is encouraged. The site entrance is located across the street from the Expo Center. Visitors can stop by the wetlands, before or after their tour, to view birdlife using a spotting scope and try using a bird identification guide.

Vanport Wetlands is typically closed to the public with the exception of guided outreach and education events. The site is meant to provide important wildlife habitat within a highly urbanized setting. The Vanport Mosaic Festival provides a unique opportunity for access on the holiday.

Vanport Wetlands Facts:

  • More than 100 species of birds and other wildlife use the site, including 98 species of birds, 12 mammals, and 6 herptiles.
  • Vegetation types at the site include emergent wetland, scrub-shrub wetland, riparian and wetland forest, and grassland and pollinator habitats.
  • The site received state and local honors including the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Achievement Award (2001) and the Oregon State Land Board Award for wetland restoration (2004).