Oregon Walk the Land Day


With 16 events sponsored by 13 land trusts, the first Oregon Walk the Land Day had something for nearly everyone.

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2017 Participating Land Trusts:

Blue Mountains Conservancy
Blue Mountain Land Trust

Columbia Land Trust
Deschutes Land Trust
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust
Greenbelt Land Trust
Lower Nehalem Community Trust
Klamath Lake Land Trust
McKenzie River Trust
North Coast Land Conservancy
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Wallowa Land Trust

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Columbia Land Trust - Twilight Marsh (self-guided)

  • 39488 Burnside Loop Astoria, OR, 97103 United States (map)

Columbia Land Trust invites you to take a leisurely, self-guided trip to our Twilight Marsh property on Saturday, June 24th for Oregon Walk the Land Day. Located just eight miles east of Astoria in Cathlamet Bay, the marsh offers excellent birdwatching and a magical wetland scene in the Columbia River Estuary.

About Twilight Marsh:

The 76-acre property, conserved by Columbia Land Trust in 2008, consists of tidal wetlands in the lower Columbia River Estuary at the base of the Bear Creek Watershed. It’s named after the Twilight Creek that runs into the site. It’s just 20 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean and a short drive from Astoria’s city limits. The marsh serves as a critical wetland ecosystem to migratory birds and federally listed species of salmon and steelhead. 

Columbia Land Trust conserved the site to protect a high-quality wetland system for salmonid rearing and migration, and to provide habitat for bald eagles and a variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wetland species.  Funds to purchase Twilight Marsh were provided by the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership-Bonneville Power Administration, and the Collins Foundation.

Learn more here


From Highway 30, turn north onto Burnside Loop Road, located 3 miles east of where Highway 30 crosses the John Day River. Travel a few hundred yards on Burnside Loop Road and park along the road shoulder. An observation platform is located just off Burnside Loop Road. 

 Columbia Land Trust's Twilight Marsh

Columbia Land Trust's Twilight Marsh