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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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  • My Wife and I went on the Raptor Road Trip (02/04/2017). The day was a bit damp and plenty breezy but it wan plenty of fun. The areas had Coffee and donuts and the sites were nicely placed. We took th...  more »
  • I come out here, from my nearby Portland home, and find privacy and a beautiful place to contemplate nature. Have found cranes, egrets, geese, eagles, osprey in abundance. Mountains, oak trees and old...  more »
  • All the local farms are worth the price alone. You can strawberry, blueberries or peaches. You can bike the island or fish or hunt. Each section of this place has its own unique character.  more »
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  • Pretty good place for birds. Problem is not very many places to park or pull off the road. Very crowded on the weekends.
  • A great place to take the kids to run out all their energy. It's a great place to do a nature scavenger hunt.