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“Amazing wildlife and farming area just outside Portland”

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Ranked #46 of 480 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: 12,000 acres of land on the island have been preserved as the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. Managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wildlife area is a premier hiking, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing location.
Reviewed May 8, 2018

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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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Several miles outside downtown Portland, this rural island is in the Columbia River and has extensive farm lands and venues! Concerts and farm stands. And parklands with sand beaches--extremely popular during the summer.

Thank fred d
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Several years back, I started fishing high spring runoff water on pastures on Sauvie Island. Bought a year pass and visited many times. Fishing can be from productive (catch and release) to totally frustrating (Carp are VERY wary and hard to catch - a REAL test of fly angler skill!) By fishing partners and I always enjoyed it and for various reasons, it was ALWAYS a success, fish or not. Good place to bicycle (summer) and buy produce (fall) as well. If I hunted ducks it would be a 4 season paradise.

Thank FranceLover2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

1. Pretty drive, just 10 minutes from downtown Portland
2. Columbia river to swim
3. Clothing optional beach Columbia River.
4. Bank fishing for Salmon, seasonal
5. Bird watching, especially bald eagles
6. Pumpkin Patch Farmers Market seasonal
7. Kruger's Farm Summer concerts
8. Boat launches
9. Halloween Pumpkin Patches
10. Picking blackberries seasonal

The island is large. You can pick up a map at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Office. Also they can suggest bird watching opportunities.
There is no gas on the island. And just a couple of stores. So if you plan on picnicking on the island get your stuff before you hit the island.
Most of the seasonal stuff is summer. Check before you head out.

Thank beergardenboy
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

You will see a lot of wildlife and will take great photos. We kayaked in Sturgeon lake and it was a great! We saw eagles and spent hours on the lake.

Thank chiltonzoo
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