Field visit to Bull Run watershed

February 11, 2024 • News + Events, Oregon • Views: 2184

August 2024 (date TBD): Join us for a guided tour of the Bull Run Watershed.

The Oregon Chapter of AWMA is organizing a one-day tour of the City of Portland’s Bull Run Watershed.

This is a unique opportunity to join a small group and see firsthand how Portland’s drinking water travels from forest to faucet. Sponsored by the Water Bureau’s educational program, the majority of the day is spent in the Bull Run but starts with a short visit to the city’s groundwater source, the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

In all-day affair that combines a hosted bus trip with some walking and plenty of fresh air. We leave Portland at 8:30 am and return around 4:30 pm.

Here’s what the tour day looks like:

  • Meet the bus in Portland at 8:15 am
  • Bus departs at 8:30 am
  • Visit the Columbia South Shore Well Field, the city’s groundwater source
  • Walk through old-growth forest in the upper reaches of the Bull Run Watershed
  • BYO lunch at the Historic Bear Creek House, overlooking Dam 1 and Reservoir 1
  • Tour the city’s 1929 concrete dam, and the adjacent forest
  • Drive across the city’s 1962 earth and rock fill dam
  • Visit the lower Bull Run River and learn about the fish that live there
  • Arrive back in Portland at 4:30 pm

Because of the distances involved in the tour, we’ll spend plenty of time on a comfortable bus ride, with fresh air excursions and walking throughout. We usually offer an optional one-mile hike through old-growth forest.


Contact Paul Ecker

Schedule details TBD this summer, but we’re putting together a list that will be capped at 20.

Cost: TBD but about $50 (we’re working on details with the city).