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Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • View on Sturgeon Lake looking north.- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • View on Sturgeon Lake looking northeast toward Mount St. Helens (8,366').- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • Giant beaver or nutria den, at left.- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • Beaver or nutria den.- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus).- Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
  • - Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hundreds of inlets and coves to explore. Wildlife viewing.
Cons: 
Few locations to take-out for a picnic or a rest.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Parking Fee (obtain at all Sauvie Island stores)
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Sauvie Island is the nation's largest fluvial island, and as the largest lake on the island, Sturgeon Lake has the distinction of being the largest lake on the largest river island in the country.  Apart from this distinction, Sturgeon Lake is a marvelous day-trip for any fisherman or paddler looking for wildlife.  Don't come looking for sturgeon, however; the lake's fish population is predominantly catfish, small and largemouth bass and panfish.  Like the neighboring wetlands at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Smith and Bybee Lakes, Sauvie Island is home to enormous populations of bird species.  More than 200 different bird species have been recorded on the island.  Watch for ubiquitous waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, osprey and great blue herons from the east shore of the lake.  You may even see a beaver or two.  Though motors are allowed on the lake, they are a rare occurrence.  You can also find solitude by exploring the waterways that connect to Steelman and Mud Lakes.

 

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