West Linn Oregon
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West Linn, Oregon, known as "the city of hills, trees and rivers", is a fast-growing residential city located 12 miles south of Portland. It has all of the advantages of being close to the urban amenities of the metropolitan area, while still retaining small town charm.

Flanked by the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers, West Linn is home to fishing enthusiasts of all types. Kayak, canoe and boating enjoyment is available as well. The Cedaroak Boat Ramp Park offers access to the river, wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking trails.

Mary S. Young State Park is a favorite of birders, with numerous walking trails and river views. There are also sports fields, a shelter, and an unleashed dog area, as well as a walking bridge to Cedar Island. The Camassia Natural Area, owned by the Nature Conservancy, has more than 300 plant species in the preserve, including the common camas. Camas, formerly used as a food source by Pacific Northwest Native Americans, has beautiful blue blooms in April and early May. Birders can find the wood duck, western bluebird, and California quail, as well as other well-known bird species in the natural area.

West Linn's historic Willamette neighborhood is the host of the city's annual West Linn Old Time Fair. Held in July, the three day event includes musical entertainment, good eating, family fun, games, carnival rides, and a custom car show.


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    The Willamette Falls Locks, located in West Linn, are the first multilift navigation locks built in the U.S. These structures allow boats to move between the upper and lower river. Built in the 1870s, the locks were essential during a time when river transport was a mainstay for passenger and freight movement.

    The locks have been owned by the Army Corps of Engineers since 1915. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being designated a State Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.


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