Turtle Trail is a 0.9 mile loop trail located near Dexter, OR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Easy trail through Channel Lake area of Elijah Bristow State Park with lots of nature viewing areas. The Turtle Trail is a short easy hike along Channel Lake, which is more of a wetland then an actual lake. Be on the look out for wildlife as you sit on the benches in the area. Along the trail you will enter a forest where deer are known to hide out. Finally you will walk along the Willamette River. Mountain bike riders, horseback riders and hikers share nearly 12 miles of trails that lead to great fishing holes and quiet places for watching wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles and coyotes. Professional botanists and student naturalists are lured by the park's diverse ecosystems, model restoration efforts, and prime breeding grounds for the Western pond turtle. Seasonal salmon runs present added spectacles for sightseers and enticements for anglers.