ALBANY, Ore. - Featuring the only natural lake inside the city limits and an endangered patch of oak savanna, the 27-acre East Thornton Lake Natural Area & Kalapuya Interpretive Center is taking shape in Albany.
In November 2010, the City of Albany acquired a 27-acre property in north Albany for the project.
East Thornton Lake Natural Area is envisioned as a place to discover plants and animals that are disappearing from the Willamette Valley and which are already gone from most cities. >>> Map and Photos
Visitors will able to experience a recovering oak savanna on the only natural lake within Albany’s limits, a remnant of the Willamette River’s ever-changing path through this region.
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Trails, a pavilion and a nature-based playground will be built to teach children the history of the relationships between nature and humans - both the Kalapuya people and settlers of European descent.