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Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area

Parent Category: Renton
Created: 07 September 2014
Address: 17410 SE Renton Maple Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98058


Photo from King County, Renton, Cavanaugh Pond Natural AreaPictures below will take you to the beautiful park with wonderful nature! Enjoy the beauty!


Photo from King County, Renton, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area

Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area is a 44-acre area located on the Cedar River. This area is considered to be gorgeous wetland ecosystem in the Cedar River Valley. Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area consists of four parcels, three of which were acquired in 1976 and the fourth one was bought in 1990.

At Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area you will find a variety of habitats from riparian forest to a structurally complex wetland ecosystem. Cavanaugh Pond is one of the places for spawning sockeye salmon. Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, winter steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout can be found in Cedar River.

Photo from King County, Renton, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area

Restoration projects on the territory of natural area are working on establishing native forest here. The dominant vegetation here is black cottonwood riparian forest and typical red alder forest.

The access to the site is on the eastern parcel of Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area. It can be accessed directly from 174th Avenue SE and the adjacent Cedar River Trail. This eastern parcel is used primarily for walking and nature observation.

Photo from King County, Renton, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area

Wildlife that is commonly seen here includes Red tailed hawks, Bald eagles, beavers, Black tail deer, coyotes, otters, muskrats, etc.

Cavanaugh Pond is used by waterfowl as a stop during their migratory journeys, though Canadian geese and several duck species raise their young here.

Native amphibians include the Red Legged Frog, the Chorus frog, the Northwest salamander and the Long-toed salamander.


From I-405

Take an exit to the Renton-Maple Valley Highway (Hwy 169). Drive east past the Maplewood Golf Course and turn left on 174th ST SE into the River Bend Mobile Home Park. There is no parking at the site; parking on the east edge of the site is owned by the Riverbend Mobile Home Park and parking for Natural Area use is not allowed.

These pictures were taken on August 17, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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