"This peaceful hike takes you through rolling white oak woodlands past grassy meadows and fields on Sauvie Island. The trail then travels along the shores of Sturgeon Lake, where you may see blue herons and other abundant bird life.
At 24,000 acres, Sauvie Island is the largest island in the Columbia River. It is located 10 miles north of Portland off OR 30 at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. At 4 miles wide and 15 miles long, the island is characterized by fertile farmland, shallow lakes, sloughs, and groves of cottonwood, oak, willow, and ash. The island is home to more than 300 species of animals, including raccoon, beaver, mink, and black-tailed deer. It is also located on the Pacific Flyway, which attracts thousands of migrating birds each year. The northern half of the island contains a 12,000-acre wildlife area, which is managed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Service."