Oak Island Nature Trail is a 2.5 mile loop around a grass-surrounded thicket of oak, ash, and willow in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. It has very good paddling and birdwatching opportunities but is only open to non-hunters from April 16 to September 30. All visitors must have a $10 day-use permit which is good for all the Wildlife Area sections of the island (available at the Cracker Barrel Grocery just after the bridge).
Oak Island Nature Trail at a glance
What: nature trail, birdwatching, kayaking and canoeing
Where: From Highway 30, turn onto Sauvie Island Road to cross the Sauvie Island Bridge. Follow the road north two miles to Reeder Road. Turn right and drive 1.3 miles to take the left fork to Oak Island Road. Drive 4.2 miles to the parking lot at road’s end (45.7140, -122.8208). The last 1.1 miles is gravel.
Hiking: The nature trail is a 2.5 mile loop with interpretive signs.
Notable Wildlife: squirrels, rabbits, raptors, geese, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Western Wood-Pewee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Bullock’s Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Black-headed Grosbeak
Property status: State of Oregon: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
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