Why it is a Conservation Priority
The Howard Preserve was created in 2004 thanks to a partnership between the Howard family, Wood River Land Trust, the City of Bellevue, Friends of the Howard Preserve, and many interested organizations and individuals. The Howard family had owned the parcel since 1972 and, in order to protect it in perpetuity and keep it as a natural preserve with public access, they approached the Wood River Land Trust to facilitate a bargain sale with the City of Bellevue. Mike Howard returns each fall to manage the annual community picnic. He brings with him his family and help from the restaurant at his Tres Pinos Inn in California and his cooking expertise.
Friends of the Howard Preserve have raised funds to install gates, benches, a bridge, parking areas, and signage. We can thank the Friends for their continuing efforts to provide a unique river access experience.What To Do And See:
Nestled along the river in downtown Bellevue, this 13-acre preserve is a peaceful getaway filled with cottonwood trees, a walking path along the river, fishing opportunities, and excellent wildlife viewing. Held in September, the annual Howard Preserve Picnic is a true community event and everyone is welcome. The Haunted Forest at Halloween has grown to be a popular event with kids and parents alike and raises money for the Preserve. Visiting Howard Preserve:
Howard Preserve is reached by turning from Hwy 75 in Bellevue onto Broadford Road. Take Martin Lane (an immediate left turn). Continue to the parking area and walk down to the bridge over the canal to reach the Preserve.See additional images of Howard Preserve Restoration and picnic event, click here.Restoration & Education Goals: