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Turtle Trail - Elijah Bristow State Park

Easy trail through Channel Lake area of Elijah Bristow State Park with lots of nature viewing areas.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.9 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Turtle Trail is an short easy hike along Channel Lake, which is more of a wetland then an actual lake. Be on the look out for... more »

Tips:  Take Hwy 58 East of Eugene for 9 miles and turn left on Wheeler Road. Turn right into the park and keep left at the junction. You will... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Channel Lake Parking Area

The Turtle Trail is just to the right behind the sign in front of you.

2. Channel Lake Viewing Areas

There are multiple short side trips to your left off the main path that lead to park benches. Stop here and listen to the birds and look for frogs, turtles and other wildlife.

3. Trail Junction - Elk Trail

The Turtle Trail briefly meets up with the Elk Trail here. Turn left here walk a few yards to find the conecting trail.

4. Trail Junction - Leave Elk Trail

Turn left here to continue on the Turtle Trail.

5. Man made Bridge

There is a bridge over a waterway here, in the spring the bridge doesn't go far enough and hikers have laid sticks down to keep their feet dry.

6. Into the woods

From this point you enter a nice forest. I spoted two black tail deer just after I took this picture.

7. Trail Junction - Enter River Trail

Turn right here at the River Trail to continue your loop.

8. Willamette River

Nice views of the Willamette River as you walk the trail.

9. Trail Junction - Leave River Trail

The River Trail continues on ahead. Turn right here to continue back to the Channel Lake Parking Area.