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The Sauvie Island Community Association is run by volunteers and funded by sponsorships and donations. View a full list of our sponsors here. Become a sponsor today

Sauvie Island Natives Nursery Native plants for your backyard habitat. By appointment only.
WisnerCreative WisnerCreative design studio creates graphics, books, and gardens.
The Mahaffy Group at Realty Trust Specializing in Sauvie Island Real Estate
ZenBusiness Start and Grow Your Side Hustle or Dream Business
Columbia Farms U-Pick U-pick offers the best u-pick berry experience.
The Pumpkin Patch and The Maize Market, Animal Barn, Cafe, U-pick, Giftshop, Maize
All Natural Meats Locally raised grass fed and finished beef
Sauvie Island Grange Serving the community since 1935! Rent our hall for non-alcoholic events.
Sauvie Island Farms "Pick Your Own" berries, peaches, veggies, flowers and Christmas trees.
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation Dist Helping residents improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat.
Spruce Up NW Local experts in roofing and exterior maintenance for Sauvie Island
The MAiZE The Maize is Portland's Original Corn Maze
The Pumpkin Cottage Giftshop Sauvie Island's Giftshop! The Pumpkin Cottage
Pipsqueak Nursery Small orchard and nursery specializing in heirloom apple varieties.
Kline Law Offices P.C. Dedicated to obtaining justice for injured people.
Fazio AG LLC 4th generation Farm

Waterways

Sturgeon Lake

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Sturgeon Lake

Sturgeon Lake is located on the northern end of the island. It also connects with Steelman Lake and Mud Lake, so you can easily spend all day exploring on the water if you would like to. When the water is high there is no need to worry about tides, but in summer when the water lowers avoid low tide as 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. Views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens can all be seen on the lake, as can jumping fish, herons, and falcons. There is no significant current on the lake but paddling on windy days is not recommended. Remember that every member of the family should always wear a PFD regardless of conditions.

Thousands of migrating waterfowl and several endangered species use the island and Sturgeon Lake for feeding and wintering habitat. The 1985 Atlas of Oregon Lakes identified Sturgeon Lake as a “Large, shallow mud-bottomed lake located on Sauvie Island. Water quality problems include siltation and very high turbidity; the lake also experiences algae blooms and high bacteria counts. Hydraulic modifications over the years have exacerbated the sedimentation problem. Recommendations for rehabilitation include re-opening Dairy Creek, thereby re-establishing natural flushing from the Columbia River. Funding for this proposal has been difficult to obtain.”

Oregonian article link on latest funding needs
West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District for information on current Sauvie Island projects.

Virginia Lake

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Virginia Lake

Located in the Wapato State Greenway. A 1.5 mile walking path encircles it. Two birding viewpoints are located on the path around this small lake; one with a blind with slots at all heights which is great for looking and listening for songbirds and early waterfowl. This small lake can be found completely dried by end of summer. No hunting allowed here.

To reach Wapato State Greenway parking lot travel from bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Rd, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, until the marked parking lot on the left.

Gilbert River

Drains from Sturgeon Lake and opens on the Sauvie Island shore 6 miles upstream from the mouth of the channel. An overnight mooring float (without shore access) is located a quarter mile up the Gilbert River. Canoes and shallow draft boats are able to go up the Gilbert to Sturgeon Lake. Warning: A power line with a clearance of 53 feet crosses the Gilbert a quarter mile from the lake’s outlet.

Ship passing beach on Columbia River

Columbia River

Extreme current and large amount of ocean-going vessels.

Multnomah Channel

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Great blue heron nest on Multnomah Channel

Affected by tidal action, the channel can experiences strong currents especially at high water events. Power boats beware of wake zones with 5 mph speed limits near several floating home moorages and marina and many canoe and kayaks out to enjoy the  wildlife such as great blue heron nesting.