Sauvie Island is a Portland gem that often goes unnoticed until pumpkin patch and corn maze season, but it has a year-round natural allure all its own. The Island is the nation's largest fluvial island, making it a perfect place to bring your kayak and paddle for a little water adventure. A great place to start is Sturgeon Lake, the largest lake on the island.
This is a marvelous place for a day trip, especially if you’re a paddler who loves wildlife. An enormous population of bird species call Sauvie Island home, and you can expect to see many on the shores of Sturgeon Lake – perhaps all 200 if you’re a very lucky birder! Waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, osprey and great blue herons are easy to spot, and a beaver or two may say hello while you make your rounds.
The lake has a single dock, and is mostly peaceful, although motor boats are allowed if they obey the 5-10 mph speed limit. A day-use parking pass is required, and those can be obtained at any of Sauvie Island store. Be sure to pick up a lake map and talk to a local before heading out, just to be sure you catch all the best sights.
Rick6 years ago
We love Sauvie Island! Sturgeon Lake and all it's wildlife are wonderful, as are hanging out on the Island's beautiful beaches after a day of adventures. :)