Smith-Bybee Lakes and Columbia Slough, COA 056

Smith-Bybee Lakes and Columbia Slough area
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Ruther, ODFW

Smith-Bybee Lakes is located north of Portland, adjacent to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The Columbia Slough flows out of Fairview Lake north of the City of Fairview, westward through a series of regulated levees to Bybee Lake. Area includes the former St. Johns landfill.

COA ID: 056

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Largest known remaining population of western painted turtles in the state.

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID WV-04 (Smith-Bybee Lakes)


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Bottomland hardwood forests
  • Columbia sedge meadows
  • Mudflats
  • Off-channel habitats
  • Shoreline and sandy beach
  • Upland prairie

Strategy Species