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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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  • To get organic produce and stumbled onto the wildlife area. Nice to picnic, nice little beaches. Clean well kept, Busy at time with cyclists and families. Really the best beach for little ones, little...  more »
  • Very good place for a quiet holiday-such as a picnic on weekend. You can walk for hours-here is a very nice and quiet.
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  • This is a big island on The Columbia River that has many places to explore. The beaches on the river are a favorite place for locals to go to when the weather gets hot. There is a clothing optional be...  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.