Beach-Going and Swimming

Beaches and Sturgeon Lake are available for sunbathing and swimming.  Also see Beaches under Natural Attractions for additional information.

Beaches

  • The main beach area, Walton Beach, is accessed via Reeder Road and is about nine miles from the Sauvie Island Bridge. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty and the shore line often has sudden drop-offs – 3 feet of water becomes 9 feet or more within a couple of steps (flood of 1996 played havoc with our beaches). Watch children very closely. PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE is recommended when they are in or near the water. See the Natural Attractions section for additional beach locations, beach rules and general information.
  • Reeder Beach – does not have direct public access to their beach (see previous note).  Also, the beach at Reeder Beach RV Park and Country Store with two port-a- potties are open to public however, their beach is private and for RV tenants only.
  • Collins Beach - is partly a clothing-optional area. The beach is one mile (1.6 km) long and begins about 0.25 miles (400 m) after Reeder Road becomes gravel. Hours are 04:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. The beach has been popular for nude use since at least the 1970s. It is surrounded by a 12,000-acre (49 km2) fish and game reserve, except for a 10-acre (4.0 ha) parcel of privately-owned land west of Reeder Road at the north boundary of Collins Beach. Nude beach users continue onto the non-nude North Unit Beach which is poorly delineated and ineffectively screened from view, which has led to a legal complaint by the property owners. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Sturgeon Lake is located on the northern end of the island and an attraction for swimmers and kayakers. It also connects with Steelman Lake and Mud Lake, so you can easily spend all day exploring on the water. When the water levels are high there is no need to worry about tides but when the water lowers later in the summer, try to avoid low tide since you can find yourself stranded in the mud flats near shore.
    • Motor boats are allowed on the lake but are very rare encounters – speeds are low and wakes are minimal