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.  

Fall Canyon Day 2016

Fall canyon day photo

Fall Canyon Day is scheduled for October 1, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

We invite you to join in on Reed College's oldest tradition as we clean and restore the canyon. This event is part of our ongoing effort to improve this habitat for native species, and it is free and open to everyone. Tools, training, food and fun provided. Cider pressing starts at noon.

Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Meet us east of the Studio Art Building

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