Reed College Canyon

About the Canyon

Reed canyon is a 28-acre watershed in the heart of the campus, running east to west, dividing north from south, and is spanned by two pedestrian bridges and a land bridge. Home to a growing population of wildlife and native plants, the watershed includes the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek, a tributary of the Johnson Creek Watershed, and Reed Lake, which has been deemed the oldest naturally occurring lake in Portland.

This website includes details about restoration efforts for the canyon and also its history. Please enjoy the online view, and then make plans to visit.

Spring Canyon Day 2018

canyon day photoYou are invited to join in and help celebrate Reed College’s oldest tradition as we clean and restore a portion of the Reed Canyon. This event is part of our ongoing effort to improve this urban forest habitat for native species, and it is free and open to everyone. Tools, training, food and fun provided.

Meet your peers anytime between 9 a.m.–3 p.m., we will be working towards the western edge of the forest, below Sequoia dorm and just east of the Canyon House.

Bring gloves if you have them, or your favorite weeding tool.

For more information, contact or call 503/572-8636