Hares Canyon

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Hares Canyon or Hare’s Canyon is a short valley in the Northern Oregon Coast Range south of Vernonia, Oregon, United States. Located in Washington County the canyon is named after local timber businessman Joseph C. Hare and much of the canyon is now part of a state park.


The entrance of the canyon is near Oregon Route 47 north of the Sunset Highway.[1] The elevation of the canyon at this point is 315 feet (96 m) above sea level.[2] Hares Canyon is drained by Williams Creek[3] which then drains to the West Fork of Dairy Creek and on to the Tualatin River.[4] A Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad line runs through the canyon, while a former rail line through the canyon became part of the Banks–Vernonia State Trail.[5][6] Other portions of Hare’s Canyon are within L.L. "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park which opened in 2007.[7] The namesake of the canyon, Joseph Hare (son of Oregon Senator William D. Hare), was a local lumberman.[1][8]


  1. ^ a b Stub Stewart State Park to Open June 2007
  2. ^ GNIS: Feature Detail Report: Hares Canyon: 1157992. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved on February 28, 2008.
  3. ^ USGS Buxton (OR) Topo Map. TopoQone. Retrieved on May 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Dairy - McKay. Tualatin River Watershed Council. Retrieved on February 28, 2008.
  5. ^ Olsen, Dana. The Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad. The Oregonian, June 25, 2004.
  6. ^ Colby, Richard. Putting park back together again. The Oregonian, October 22, 1997.
  7. ^ Gorman, Kathleen. Park laying groundwork for outdoors enthusiasts. The Oregonian, August 10, 2006.
  8. ^ Portrait and biographical record of Portland and vicinity Oregon. containing original sketches of many well known citizens of the past and present. Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., © 1903. p. 727-8.

Coordinates: 45°42′04″N 123°11′28″W / 45.701110°N 123.191110°W / 45.701110; -123.191110