As spring peeks its head out from the blanket of winter, Portlanders will undoubtedly be looking to embrace the out-of-doors at Sauvie Island. Already famous (notorious, even) for its various beaches, there are some lesser known gems definitely worth exploring on our Columbia River island. Did you know Sauvie Island is one of the biggest river islands in the country? A friendly word of caution: always make sure you know where you’re planning on parking and that you’ve paid for the privilege. Parking enforcement is ever vigilant. Passes can be purchased in the country store, just after you cross the bridge onto the island.
Douglas Farm – This fantastic farm has operated on the island since the 1940s and you can drive by one of the original work trucks on your way in. Touted by locals as the best place to pick peaches, this u-pick farm offers access to fresh produce, free-range eggs and 100% natural local honey. Stop in for some delicious goodness!
15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland, OR 97231
Cistus Nursery – Gardening enthusiasts will especially love this nursery, but the amazing variety of flora can serve as an impromptu nature stroll. Their experts are available for consultations that could transform even the smallest balcony into a thriving sanctuary. Take something green home with you or gather ideas and then take advantage of their convenient mail order shipping.
22711 NW Gillihan Rd. Portland, OR 97231
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area – If you’re looking for a serene stroll through protected land, the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is an ideal destination. Courteous picnickers are invited to dine amidst the diverse wildlife population. Spring is the perfect time to catch songbirds at play in the boughs, while various waterfowl (including sandhill cranes) are still active. Lucky guests may even spot a majestic bald eagle. Those seeking a more active outdoor adventure will be happy to find fishing, hiking, trapshooting, canoeing and even dog training all available here.
18330 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland, OR 97231