This is large, beautiful island located just off Highway 30 within 10 miles of Portland and the 405. Parts of the island are privately owned and a large part of it is a wildlife refuge administered by Oregon Dept. Of Fish and Wildlife, for day-use only (no overnight camping is allowed). There is an administrative office on Sauvie Island Road (after crossing the bridge, go straight at the intersection with NW Reeder Road) where you can get hunting and fishing licenses, area maps, and all kinds of permits for activities on the island like gathering mushrooms, training hunting dogs, etc. Most of the permits are free but you do have to get a permit. The wildlife refuge is very large and there are several sections: the Westside (with duck hunting blinds), Oak Island (for fishing and a nature trail), the Northside (hiking), and the Eastside, where there are beaches (normal and clothing-optional) as well as wildlife-viewing platforms and fishing. There is a parking fee for all parts of the wildlife refuge and the ticket is $110. OR State Police enforce all regulations, including parking and licenses, and they are omnipresent. The day use rate is $10 per day, but you can buy a yearly pass for only $30. Depending on when you visit, there is lots of wildlife to see - especially birds including eagles and ospreys during nesting season. The private areas include lots of farms that offer produce during the summer, and the Pumpkin Patch in the fall. This place is amazing - and so close to a busy urban area.
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