Paddle Trips
Work Parties
Special Events

Paddle Trips

Join us and explore the lakes. Watch for ospreys, great blue herons and beaver lodges. Learn about the natural history and some of the issues at the lakes.
For our Paddle Trips
The water levels in the lakes change with seasonal fluctuations. Our paddle trips depend on sufficient water levels in the lakes. A trip may be cancelled or changed to a different location. Some trips may be a combination paddle and walk.

Meet at:
Parking lot on N. Marine Dr. OR boat launch at St. Johns Landfill. Contact the trip leader for location. How to Get There

Canoe or kayak. Personal Floatation Devices required. Binoculars. Water and snacks.

Free. Contact trip leader to reserve space.

Work Parties

Help with restoration of native plants, removal of invasive species and clean up of trash. These work parties are organized by Metro.

July7 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Aug 5 Sunday 9 am – 1 pm
Sep 8 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Oct 6 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Nov 3 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Dec 1 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
For Work Parties
Wear your bushwhacker boots and clothes. Bring snacks and water. The usual meeting place is Smith and Bybee Lakes parking lot on N. Marine Dr, but it’s a good idea to call ahead.

Special Events

Join us each spring for Smith and Bybee Lakes Day. Activities usually include bird watching, a canoe/kayak trip, turtle viewing and nature programs for kids.
October 3 Wednesday 6:30 pm Presentation on Archeology of the Area by David Ellis of Archeological Investigations NW. At the Friends regular meeting. For directions see Meetings.