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make secure donations online!
Our donation link
is now live. You can make a secure donation by
clicking the "donate" tab, above. Your
donation supports ongoing restoration
activities at the lake.
of Force Lake
Lake is a small lake located within the Columbia Slough
watershed in North Portland. The lake provides
open-water and riparian habitat to hundreds of wildlife
species, including the Western Painted Turtle, which is
considered a “Sensitive Species” in Oregon.
Unfortunately, Force Lake is in trouble...
chemicals that have entered the lake and leached into
the soil and groundwater from the nearby Harbor Oil
Superfund site continue to pose a threat to people and
lake is posted with warnings not to eat the fish,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or a
child—limiting access to a potential food source for
it has been cut off from its natural water supply,
every summer the lake is overtaken by a blanket of
activities at the lake have severely reduced the
availability of large native trees, which shade the
lake and provide safe perches for birds.
who don't want to pay to park at the nearby Expo
Center monopolize the parking area, blocking access by
those who come to enjoy the wildlife.
throw trash into the lake and all over the ground.
lovely rock walls that enclose the parking bays are
crumbling into the lake, and the parking area is in
poor repair, allowing runoff from cars to enter the
lake and add to its pollution.
Himalayan blackberry has been pervasive on the
southern tip of the lake, crowding out native
Force Lake is a unique “wild in the city” place, which
affords all Portlanders, regardless of physical
ability, ethnic or socio-economic background, the
opportunity to observe wildlife close-up. Three
parking bays overlooking the lake allow people to
enjoy viewing wildlife from their cars. Since the
birds are used to them, cars make excellent
observation blinds. This is especially important for
those who may have physical conditions or impairments
that make it difficult or impossible to take in nature
in other ways.
Bringing the lake back to health and making it an
attractive place is the first step in giving this
special place the respect it deserves.
Friends of Force Lake was established early in 2011 to
provide long-term maintenance and continued community
involvement in the life and health of the lake.
38 Volunteers Made a
Visit our Updates page
to view more photos and read about our Force Lake
Earth Day Clean Up on April 20
Help Save Force Lake!
Force Lake was formed in early 2011 to
clean up, restore and maintain the
lake as a healthy environment for both
animals and people.
invited to join our community of stewardship
for this important wildlife resource.