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
Trip Reports: Nostalgia 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.
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.
Notable Wildlife: Beaver, nutria, muskrat, otter, herons, waterfowl, woodpeckers, warblers, garter snakes, salamanders, treefrogs
Property status: Oregon Department of Transportation
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