Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Portland

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The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is a state game management area on Sauvie Island in the U.S. state of Oregon. It contains more than 12000acre for mixed use including hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching and hiking. Established in 1974, it is located in both Multnomah and Columbia counties.The wildlife area covers the northern half of the island of 24000acre, which lies at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Although the southern half of the island is home to about 500 people as well as farms and related businesses, the northern half, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, preserves habitat for many kinds of waterfowl. About 300 species of wildlife, including bald eagles, pintails, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and many others, frequent the island.Wetlands and bodies of water, including 21 lakes as well as sloughs, connecting channels, and streams such as the Gilbert River, abound in the wildlife area. Boat ramps provide access to paddlers along the Gilbert, at Oak Island in Sturgeon Lake, and at Steelman Lake, St. Helens, and along the Multnomah Channel. Sandy Columbia River beaches, including one that is clothing-optional, draw large numbers of people to the area's northern edge.
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  • 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 fr...  more »
  • 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 eagl...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Too all bicyclists, please ride single file and keep to the right. Sauvie Island is a live/work agriculture land, the roads are built for trucks and resident traffic. The island has grown in popularity the past few years which in turn is being over run with those who think it's a recreational hotspot. There are no dog parks on the island, please keep your dog on a leash and obey the scoop laws.
  • Nice. Free. Trails very muddy, but that's to be expected. No restroom!
  • Beautiful, well maintained wildlife areas. Beautiful escape from nearby Portland.
  • Lots of wildlife, watch out for cute quail!
  • A great place to take the kids to run out all their energy. It's a great place to do a nature scavenger hunt.
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