Prior to the tour, please fill out and bring the Bull Run tour waiver with you, along with photo ID.
What to expect
During the tour, a professional natural resources educator leads participants through the Bull Run Watershed, discussing Portland's drinking water sources and system.
Here's how a typical tour proceeds:
Meet the bus in Portland
Visit the Columbia South Shore Well Field, the city’s groundwater source
Walk through old-growth forest in the upper reaches of the Bull Run Watershed
Eat lunch at Bull Run Lake, the headwaters of the Bull Run River
Tour the city’s 1929 concrete dam, plus the house of one of the engineers who worked on it
Drive across the city’s 1962 earth and rock fill dam
Visit the lower Bull Run River and learn about the fish that live there
Arrive in Portland
Essentials to be aware of:
Meeting location: We'll provide the exact location after you have reserved your seat. Most tours meet in inner Northeast Portland.
Cost: $20 (+$1.69 service fee)
Signup: One person can register up to six people. Please be prepared to provide all participants' names.
Refunds: If you need to cancel your registration, you can receive a refund if you give at least three days' notice. If you need to cancel closer to the date itself, we'd appreciate if you let us know (your cancellation might allow someone else to attend) but we can't offer a refund.
Repeat visits: If you've recently attended a Bull Run tour, please consider waiting a few years before signing up again. This allows more space for those who haven’t yet had the opportunity.