It is approximately a 50-mile trip to circumnavigate Sauvie Island!
Boating rules and safety
- No Wake zones are posted on both sides of the Multnomah Channel north and south of the Sauvie Island bridge; south of Sauvie Island moorage and the north end of Mayfair Moorage (at Pier Road boat launch). Please show consideration to our floating homes residents. Remember, it is the law!
- Multnomah Channel is popular in summer. Boaters be careful for water skiers and tubers in the water.
- After heavy rains there is a large amount of floating timber in both the Multnomah channel and Columbia River. These are often times largely submersed. Slow is the recommended speed.
Boat Ramps and docks
- Sauvie Island Boat Ramp - located at the end of Ferry Rd across from Fire Station on Sauvie Island Road. Has a large adjoining parking facility and bathrooms maintained by Portland Metro.
- Hadley’s Landing – borders Wapato State Greenway on the Multnomah Channel is a boat dock and small picnic area with a port-a-potty, picnic tables and horse-shoe pits.
- Cove Marina – lies in a small inlet on the Sauvie Island shore just upstream from Willow Point. A Launching ramp is available but no fuel.
The Multnomah Channel or the Columbia River waters which border the island are obvious paddling waterways; however both have a lot of boat traffic which may include barges, sailboats and power boats and additionally, the Columbia River sees heavy ocean-going container-ship traffic. It is recommended that only experienced paddlers use these waters. The Cunningham Slough (pictured right) provides easy water kayaking.
A great family paddling option is Sturgeon Lake where there is a boat launch. Note: There is no significant current on the lake but paddling on windy days is not recommended.