Stella Things to Do
Willow Grove Park
As indicated by the vast number of parking places for pickup trucks pulling boat trailers (they are universally pickup trucks, as if no other vehicle has ever been invented that has a trailer hitch on it), this park is a hugely popular park for putting boats into the Columbia River.
The beach itself is sandy, but steeply sloping from the accumulated silt that makes up this piece of land, which was once a typical Columbia River sand island created from several thousand years of glacial river water.
As the signs along the beach say, the river is unpredictable and can be very temperamental, and extreme care needs to be taken if you are planning to go out into the water.
The park also features a small playground and a few other day use type facilities that you would expect such a park to have. The nearly 1 mile long asphalt trail that provides barrier free access to the riverfront area is also a notable feature of the park.
Beach fires are not permitted in the park due to the unfortunate abuses of an irresponsible few.
Those interested in bird watching should scan the waters in the winter for various bird life, but particularly scope to the east towards the marina as there are almost always fairly large groups of wintering birds such as goldeneyes and scaups.
The cliffs on the opposite side of the river create an interesting texture of light and dark as the light bounces off them, and those interested in photography may be interested in some of these effects. Naturally, with the trees and moss that grow on the cliff this is called Green Point.
Across the river there is also the remains of the community of Mayger, Oregon. At one time this was one of several ghost towns along the lower Columbia River, but today people are willing to commute much further distances to employment in Longview or even Portland. Therefore, while these communities still have some older and abandoned buildings they are no longer quite as void of activity as they were 20 or more years ago.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
- Family Travel