A small wildlife area with some birding opportunities. Site is owned by CalPortland and entry is by permit only, though a free annual permit can be obtained without any hassle at the nearby CalPortland office.
Santosh Wildlife Area at a glance
What: birding, nature trail
Trip Reports: Birding at Santosh Wildlife Area and Honeyman Road
Where: In Scappoose turn east off Highway 30 onto the Crown Zellerbach Road across from Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. In 0.4 miles turn left onto West Lane Road, then in 0.9 miles turn right onto North Honeyman Road. In 1.3 miles you reach the CalPortland office at Hogan Ranch Road, where you’ll sign a release form. Return to N Honeyman and drive another 1.0 miles to park at the gate on the gravel road immediately north of the gravel pits at 45.79334, -122.83816. Don’t block access to the pits!
Hiking: Over a mile of dirt roads and trails, at least half of which is difficult or impossible to access due to blackberry encroachment.
Notable Wildlife: Black-tailed Deer, Belted Kingfisher, mergansers, wading birds, Wilson’s Snipe, songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, Bald Eagle, Barn Owl, garter snakes
Property status: CalPortland