Clearwater Park

This 50-ac park, with several undeveloped trails, is dominated by older riparian habitat of black cottonwood and Oregon ash, with an extensive understory of snowberry, blackberry, and willow. Wrentit, Bald Eagle, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Brown Creeper, and Spotted Sandpiper are known to occur, and Red-eyed Vireo is a possibility. Deer and other wildlife use the riparian habitat. Sedges and rushes line the pond edges and shallow water supports good populations of dragonflies and damselflies. Additional improvements planned for construction in 2009 include another paved parking area, a paved Middle Fork Willamette River multi-use path, restrooms and interpretive kiosk.

From Main St in Springfield, turn S on S 42nd St. Drive 0.8 mi to a roundabout at Jasper Rd and proceed E (L) for 0.3 mi to Clearwater Ln. Turn S (R) for 0.5 mi, then jog slightly to the R into Clearwater Park, and proceed 0.2 mi to the parking area near the boat ramp.