Just outside the community of Walker (approximately 5 miles north of Cottage Grove) is a small day-use park which I think few people know about – Lynx Hollow Park.
As part of the Willamette Greenway, Lynx Hollow Park borders the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and provides access to the river for both fishing and water-fun. Additionally, it also features several picnic tables and a large expanse of grass which I think would be a great, out-of-the-way spot for kids’ games, Frisbee, tag football, and the like. A wide, hard-packed dirt road loops around the park beaconing young kids on bikes and you can explore deeper into the park on a small foot path.
Although we’ve lived in Cottage Grove for the past 14 years, I just learned about Lynx Hollow Park this year from a group of local birders. Recently, when we were there during the heat of an early summer afternoon, the park was alive with bird song accompanying the rippling of the river…what a relaxing experience! It is also prime habitat for bald eagles and osprey.
Lynx Hollow Park is a small, unimproved park — beyond picnic tables and a couple garbage cans, there are no facilities here. What is here is a quiet green space, perfect for bird walks, family outings, games, and fishing for cutthroat trout.
Logistics: To get to Lynx Hollow Park head up the freeway to Saginaw Exit (#176). Once off the freeway head west to Saginaw. When the road ends, turn right (north) on Highway 99, then right again about ¾ of a mile later on Davisson Road. The park is just over 1 mile down Davission Road – look for the Willamette Greenway sign pointing to the park.
This day use park is open May 1 to September 30, from 7am to 9pm.