Downtown Portland is lively and exciting but if ever you get tired of the urban life, drive less than half an hour from the city, cross a bridge, and you will be taken into one of the largest river islands in the country. Sauvie Island is known for its sprawling farmlands, teeming wildlife, and relaxing beaches.
Things to Do
- Depending on your preference, visit any of the beaches in the island. The main beach is Walton Beach. Do note that the sea terrain here is steep and there are no lifeguards on duty so you need to keep an eye on the kids. If you are bringing your family's RV, spend the day at Reeder Beach. Sturgeon Lake is also a good place to swim and go kayaking.
- Aside from the beach, there are other activities that you can do in the island such as bird watching. There are over 250 species of birds in the island. Watch migrating geese and ducks during fall and winter months.
- Take the entire family to a fun day of picking fruits and vegetables. Visit pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and berry farms. You will find several farms in the island such as Pumpkin Patch, Kruger's Patch, Columbia Farms, and Sauvie Island Farms.
- Explore the island on a bike. There's a popular 12-mile bike trail in the island that passes through the lower end of the island along Reeder and Gillihan Road.
Sauvie Island Insider Tips
- Bring bug spray.
- Plan ahead and bring all the things that you might need while in the island. The stores are far from the beach.