Reed College Canyon

About the Canyon

The Reed campus is closed to the general public. The closure began August 3, 2020, and will remain in effect until further notice. The closure encompasses the entire campus, including all facilities, parking lots, lawns, sports fields, canyon trails, and off-leash dog areas. For more information about the college's COVID-19 prevention strategies, see Reed’s prevention and response plan.

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.