This large park is a great natural area in the heart of Salem. It provides an abundance of wildlife and serves as a great lunch-hour bird-watching escape. From downtown Salem you can paddle up the back channel for a chance to see great blue herons, wood ducks, and other species.

Minto Island and Brown Island were once islands, but the river’s changing course has dried up their back channels so they are now part of the mainland. (amenities difficult to access by boat)

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