Beaverton Commonwealth Lake
Beaverton Commonwealth Lake is located in northern Beaverton off of Butner Road. It’s a man-made lake maintained by the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. There is no official website for the park, but it’s well known as a good fishing lake, especially for children. The lake is stocked with trout, and there are reports of bass being found in it along with catfish.
Commonwealth Lake’s big attraction though is wildlife. Several varieties of ducks and geese live here year round, and migratory water fowl take advantage of the lake too.
Sometimes you have to dodge the wild animals, mostly the ducks and geese, but there is the occasional nutria. Usually they get off the pathway when people (and dogs) are coming through.
Other amenities at the park is a 0.8 mile paved (and flat) trail around the lake, a small playground for children, and a soccer field. The park is dog friendly, but does not provide an off-leash area. You’ll need to take dogs to another park such as Hazeldale for those needs.
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Beaverton Wetlands Sunrise
Playing with the new lens today. Was quite fun, and will easily become my Prime lens from now on.
These wetlands are located in Beaverton Oregon, right off of Murray Blvd. The Tualatin Hills Nature Park is just north of this set of wetlands. While not part of the park, they are linked to it via walkways and are protected. I’ve walked and driven by them a thousand times, never really thinking about them too much. I’ll glance over to see if there are any ducks, geese or Blue Herons around. But today this is what I found.
Fort Stevens, the name itself invokes history. Although little important happened here, other then a few random bombs during WWII, the park still attracts many visitors.
On Memorial Day weekend, re-enactors wander around. Dressed in either Civil War Era costumes, or WWII Era Costumes. If you look around right, you can almost feel as if you’re really there.
Of course there is more then just history. Plenty of views such as this hidden lake present themselves matter-of-factly.