MOLALLA RIVER STATE PARK
Imagine combining a scenic drive, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing and a ferry ride all in one location. You can do it all at Molalla River State Park near Canby, Oregon.
This natural area sits at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding rivers. The floodplains of these rivers provide important habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, deer, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. One of the largest blue heron rookeries in the Willamette Valley is located here.
Molalla River State Park has grassy field areas for picnics and games and a pet exercise area where you can let your dog run off leash. Fishing is a popular activity, and a boat ramp gives you convenient river access. No boat? You can cross the river on the Canby Ferry, located a quarter mile downstream. It?s one of three ferries still in operation on the Willamette River. Fruit, vegetable and flower stands abound seasonally in some of the finest farmland in Oregon.
Located in the northwestern part of Oregon, this natural reserve is situated at the confluence of three rivers - Pudding River, Molalla River and Willamette River. The park's history dates back to 1954 when it was first established as a state recreation site.
The land for the park was acquired between 1960 and 1972 through purchases from private owners. It spans over an area of approximately 567 acres offering recreational activities such as hiking trails, picnic spots along with boating facilities on its riverfronts.
In addition to these amenities provided by nature itself, human intervention has also played a significant role in shaping up what we see today. In particular during late-1980s till early-1990s several developments were made including construction of parking lots & restrooms; installation signs etc., making it more accessible for visitors while preserving its ecological balance simultaneously.