The region's natural and cultural history come together in one serene setting at this 120-acre park. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the shelter, bring binoculars to watch for birds that flock to the park’s wetlands, bring a basket to pick apples from the pioneer orchard. Learn about Sauvie Island and the families who shaped it, and relax in the shade of an authentically restored 1850s farmhouse.
See and do
- Watch birds in the park’s wetlands.
- Bring a picnic.
- Learn about the history of Sauvie Island.
- Learn about food, farming and the land through school field trips, summer farm camps or community events organized by the nonprofit Sauvie Island Center, which is based at Howell.
Know when you go
- The park is open from legal sunrise to legal sunset.
- Picnic area is available for rental year-round. Reservations are required for parties of 25 or more.
- Dogs are not allowed, because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife.
- Hunting is not allowed.
- Drones, model planes, model boats and other remote-controlled vehicles are not allowed.
- Geocaching is allowed with guidelines.
- About 20 acres are in active farming. Sauvie Island Organics, a community-supported agriculture farm, leases 18 acres. Another two acres are farmed by participants in Food Works, an employment program for low-income North Portland youths run by the nonprofit Janus Youth Programs.
By bike: From Vaughn Street in Northwest Portland, use the bike lane on Highway 30. Or from North Portland, use bike lanes on Willamette Boulevard and the sidewalk on the St. Johns Bridge to Highway 30.