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Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

24241 Northwest Reeder Road, Portland, Oregon 97231 USA

“experience wildlife as few have”

Coon Point and Viewing Platform No. 1 along Reeder Rd offer views of large wintering duck and goose flocks, with chance of rare Emperor or Ross's Goose along with Canada, Cackling, Snow and Greater White-fronted Goose. Rentenaar Rd at the N end of Reeder Rd is one of Oregon's best winter sparrow patches, with Swamp and White-throated Sparrows found annually along with more common Song, Sooty Fox, Lincoln's, Golden-crowned, White-crowned, and Savannah Sparrows. Coon Point and beaches along Reeder Rd draw migrant shorebirds in late summer. The beaches along Reeder Rd are very popular summer destinations; birders will also enjoy nesting Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock's Oriole. From the Sauvie Island park-and-ride lot, go N on Sauvie Island Rd 1.1 mi to Howell Territorial Park on the R. Continue N on Sauvie Island Rd another 1.1 mi to a R turn onto Reeder Rd. On Reeder Rd go 3.2 mi (2.0 mi past the Oak Island turnoff) to a gravel parking lot on the L. 12,000 acres of state-owned habitat for wintering waterfowl, swans, herons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and 250 other species. Access is restricted during hunting season and spring. Fishing is allowed. Picnicking and other day-use activities are allowed provided they do not conflict with fish and wildlife needs. Sites are not developed for these uses, drinking water is not available, and restrooms are primitive.

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Joshua Smibert

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July 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

Sauvie Island is a quick 30 minutes out of Portland city and encircled either side by the Columbia River. The wildlife area is a beautiful section of hiking trails, woodlands and wetlands populated by exactly what you might expect - Our trip had us sight blue birds, water fowl, Vireo and deer. A stunning place to spend Sunday afternoon. Its location keeps it quiet and its traffic low, increasing the chances of seeing nature in its purest form.

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June 17, 2015

Coon Point and Viewing Platform No. 1 along Reeder Rd offer views of large wintering duck and goose flocks, with chance of rare Emperor or Ross's Goose along with Canada, Cackling, Snow and Greater White-fronted Goose. Rentenaar Rd at the N end of Reeder Rd is one of Oregon's best winter sparrow patches, with Swamp and White-throated Sparrows found annually along with more common Song, Sooty Fox, Lincoln's, Golden-crowned, White-crowned, and Savannah Sparrows. Coon Point and beaches along Reeder Rd draw migrant shorebirds in late summer. The beaches along Reeder Rd are very popular summer destinations; birders will also enjoy nesting Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock's Oriole. From the Sauvie Island park-and-ride lot, go N on Sauvie Island Rd 1.1 mi to Howell Territorial Park on the R. Continue N on Sauvie Island Rd another 1.1 mi to a R turn onto Reeder Rd. On Reeder Rd go 3.2 mi (2.0 mi past the Oak Island turnoff) to a gravel parking lot on the L. To get to Viewing Platform No. 1, continue N on Reeder Rd another 4.0 mi beyond Coon Point; turn L into the parking lot. Rentenaar Rd is 3 mi further N on Reeder Rd, which turns to gravel farther N.

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Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

24241 Northwest Reeder Road
Portland, Oregon
97231 USA

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