If birdwatching is your thing, then this platform should be an important stop on your tour of Sauvie Island. This covered platform gives a great view of wintering flocks of birds in the nearby complex of lakes. However, parking here requires an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Sauvie Island Parking Permit.
Winter months are definitely a peak season for snow geese, various types of Canada geese, ducks, and sometimes sandhill cranes.
Summer months are somewhat different. However, it is most likely that you will probably see swallows swooping over the water catching insects. It is also very likely that if you look up, you will see at least one swallow nest built into the rafters of the building. Owls have also been known to use the rafters of the covered platform.
The parking area is fairly small, so during special events (such as the February "Raptor Road Trip") and some peak summer weekends (even though there is less interesting stuff to see during the summer, in my opinion), parking at this platform can be quite difficult.
The platform is accessed with a ramp that is compatible with wheelchairs, but the parking lot is gravel.
The sign that marks the entrance to the platform parking area is fairly small, so be careful not to just go blasting past the parking area without realizing what you have missed. Just south of the platform, there is a farm with lots of old equipment that blocks the view of the parking area and platform until you are past it. Be looking for the sign shown in the photos.
One day 2 years ago I was on the back of my Boyfirend's Buell Blast and I was thinking...this isn't really all that fun. Maybe I should be riding my own. I mentioned this to my beloved and he about flipped! I don't know if that is a good idea, he said.
However, he knows that I will do whatever my heart desires...so I went to Portland Community College and took the Motorcycle Safety class for 90.00. A three-day training of videos, workbook and parking lot obstacle courses.
I passed and got myself a 1996 Yamaha Virago 250. It is a small cruiser but it is fun. I am bored with it and will be getting a Sportster soon...So, if you don't want to wade around in the river or the beach seems boring to you...rent or buy a motorcycle and ride the beautiful Oregon Countryside...
You must, must, must go to the Pumpkin Patch in October. It is not always the best month in Portland but being able to drive on the island and pick your own pumpkin by way of hay ride, go through the maize maze (a very cool labryinth made out of corn fields) and helicopter rides makes it worth it. Oh that Sauvies Island...gotta love it!
On the Columbia River along Sauvie Island you can hike up to the Warrior Rock Lighthouse OR hike on the Nature Trail nearby. The trail to the lighthouse is about 3 miles from the this place (the place I'm talking about is the very last parking lot along the dirt/gravel road.) You can go Swimming, Fishing, Hiking, Boating & LOTS MORE!!! The fish that are going to be here most of the year are: Bass, Walleye, Trout, Catfish & MORE!!!! THE MOST BIGGEST ATTRACTION HERE IS SALMON FISHING IN THE SPRING & FALL. OREGON DOES REQUIRE TAGS EVERY YEAR SO PLEASE BE PREPARED! Steelhead Fishing is good MOST OF THE YEAR as well.
MAKE SURE YOU GO ALONG THE COLUMBIA!!!
OR ELSE YOU MAY END UP AT STURGEON LAKE OR SOME OTHER PLACE!
Believe it or not, people do miss this rather big lake. I know 2 GREAT fishing spots on the lake! The fish you'll catch the most here is usually different types of Catfish. (that's how it goes for most people in these spots). Other fish in this lake are: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass (SOMETIMES Spotted Bass), LOTS OF PANFISH & RAINBOW TROUT, and quite a bit more! You'll have to see for yourself! I ALWAYS USE ORANGE POWERBAIT ON THE CATFISH! When your fishing for Cats (Catfish), try not to use artificial worms or grubs or else they will definitely tear the heads off those things! Sturgeon Lake is ABSOULUTLY BEAUTIFUL IN THE FALL!!! I'm telling you It is a Great place to visit on Sauvie (Sauvies) Island!