A Quick Escape to Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island

A rural escape only 10 miles from Portland. Perfect beaches to chill at during the summer. Pick fresh berries and fruit at local farms.

During those summer days when you’re desperately seeking some sand between your toes, open space to soak up the sun, and nature to play around in…Sauvie Island is calling your name.

Located just 10 miles outside of downtown Portland, Sauvie Island offers a convenient rural escape that’s just begging to be explored. You’ll find lakes to fish, sand beaches to wander, water to paddle, farms to pick fresh fruit, and trails to hike. If you’re looking to enjoy the sun and cool off with the occasional dip in the water, we recommend posting up at Collins Beach – a nearly 2 mile stretch of beautiful sand. Just a word of caution: there is a “clothing optional” section of the beach, but it’s easy enough to avoid if full-body tanning isn’t your scene.

Parking in the wildlife areas of the island requires a permit, so you’ll need to pick up one up ($7/day) at The Cracker Barrel Store right after you cross the bridge to Sauvie.

Here is a map of the island.

Photo: swainboat

Pack List

  • Day use parking permit
  • Snacks and picnic supplies
  • Beach Gear
  • Sunscreen
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Try To Avoid A Hot Sunday Afternoon

Late August Hot Sunday afternoon - The directions on the map just marks the main bridge to get into the island, from there ,a 9 mile paved road up to the beach on the Columbia River. On the way to the beach there are multiple u-pick farms. Drive is pretty scenic.The beach is ok but unfortunately it was packed and realized we were on the "clothing optional" section of the beach (there is a non-nude section) If you're ok with that cool. Went out for a swim.The water seemed reasonably clean besides the fact that large industrial vessels, recreational boats and barges are constantly going up and down the river. I would suggest visiting during weekdays unless you are into the "weekend hype".


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