Thanks for watching the 97231 episode of UnZip The Zip-Code! Read on for more details about some of the places we visited on Sauvie Island.
Beautiful Sauvie Island is a popular destination for those who are looking to escape the city, soak up some sun, and enjoy all the Columbia River has to offer. There are four main areas and beaches for island visitors:
Walton Beach: This main beach area is accessible via Reeder Road and just nine miles from the Sauvie Island Bridge.
Reeder Beach: This beach does not have direct public access used by tenants and guests of the Reeder Beach Resort.
Collins Beach: Visitors be aware, part of Collins Beach is clothing-optional! This beach is about a mile long and can be accessed once Reeder Road becomes gravel.
Sturgeon Lake: Located on the northern end of the island, this lake connects with both Steelman and Mud Lakes. Sturgeon Lake is a popular place for swimmers and kayakers.
The Sauvie Island Bridge provides the only access to the island, excluding water traffic. This tied-arch bridge is fairly new and became operational in 2008, replacing the original bridge that was in place since 1950. The new bridge spans 1,185 feet and structural improvements were made to ensure that it can withstand earthquakes and full loads carried by island businesses, therefore preserving Sauvie Island’s agricultural way of life.
The island is home to Oregon’s smallest lighthouse, Warrior Rock Lighthouse. This structure helps guide traffic on the Columbia River. This lighthouse is one of just two lighthouses in Oregon that are not located on the Pacific Ocean. Warrior Rock Lighthouse is still operational and uses an automated beacon and bell. The exterior can be visited by the public and can be accessed via a three-mile hike from the north end of Reeder Road.
Sauvie Island Farms
Sauvie Island is chocked full of farm stands and family fun. One of the most popular times to visit the island is during Halloween season for the great selection of pumpkin patches. But, that’s not all the island has to offer – head there year round to visit the numerous U-Pick farms and grab some truly local produce. Here is a list of some of our favorite Sauvie Island farms:
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