A narrow ribbon of green and blue, Johnson Creek flows 26 miles from its headwaters near Boring, Oregon to where it meets the Willamette River, passing through forests, farms, golf courses, parks and natural areas, industrial stretches, alongside trails and through residential communities.
Johnson Creek remains an important home for a number of threatened and native fish and wildlife, including steelhead and cutthroat trout, coho and Chinook salmon, as well as red-legged frog, painted turtles, salamanders, pileated woodpeckers, and great blue herons. Check out the 2012 State of the Watershed Report for more details.
There are many wonderful ways to experience the watershed, but Johnson Creek also faces problems common to other urban creeks: pressure from population growth and expansion, pollution from pesticides, coli-form bacteria and other toxins, high water temperatures from lack of shade, bank erosion, sedimentation, and frequent flooding. A few decades ago, some were ready to give up on the creek. Not today.