Dalton Lake Nature Preserve Overview

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Dalton Lake Nature Preserve is a short paved bike trail (also called Columbia City Bike Trail) through a wooded area which connects to a gravel path around a forested lake.

Dalton Lake Nature Preserve at a glance

What: walking, biking, lake, wildlife viewing, birdwatching

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Updates at Dalton Lake

Where: In St. Helens turn east off Highway 30 onto Deer Island Road, then immediately left onto Oregon Street. The trailhead is at the parking lot of the Columbia Humane Society at 2084 Oregon St, St Helens (45.87327,-122.81397). Look to the left of the Humane Society for the paved trail, do not turn into the mobile home lot. There is a parking spot or two at the end of 4th Street in Columbia City.

Dalton Lake Nature Park directions map St. Helens Oregon columbia county

Hiking: Around 1.5 miles of total trail with a main asphalt bike trail, a gravel path halfway around the lake, and a narrow dirt walking trail in the forest between the bike path and the lake.

Camping: None

Notable Wildlife: Beaver, nutria, muskrat, otter, herons, waterfowl, woodpeckers, warblers, garter snakes, salamanders, treefrogs

Property status: Oregon Department of Transportation

Website: Friends of Dalton Lake Nature Preserve

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2 thoughts on “Dalton Lake Nature Preserve Overview

  1. Any crime issues reported by anyone? Is it safe to walk alone in the area? No assaults, robberies, physical attacks?
    Any homeless camps there?
    It sounds isolated. Would love to come see the wildlife in a safe environment. Thanks.

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    1. It’s not particularly isolated – while natural and peaceful it is still right in town, there are houses on all sides and people walk there frequently. I have not ever heard of a physical attack there nor has anyone I know experienced such (my mother takes her granddaughter there without worrying). There was 1-2 people camping in a rarely accessed part of the woods last year but last time I went they weren’t there anymore.

      If you want more specific answers from people who are there often, you can ask the Friends of Dalton Lake group:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/334639580796654/about/

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