Island In The City

It’s hard to believe I’ve never been on Elk Rock Island before. It’s a little island paradise only minutes from Portland. The island has multiple ecosystems, ranging from cliffs to grasslands and forests to mudflats.  Part of the year, a channel separates the island from the shore. When the Willamette River is low, however, people can easily walk across the rocky bed of the channel.  Once across, a small network of trails gives easy access to most of the corners of the island.  

   It’s  great place to spend an hour or an afternoon.  It would probably be great to circumnavigate in a kayak or canoe.  Next time…

About Josh Baker

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir

Posted on August 9, 2014, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Outdoors, Waterways. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. lisamontgomery920

    hi josh- thanks for the great posts! how do you get to this secret island? love to you and denise (and jackie chan)

    sincerely- lisa riversong director, eruption 503-724-2474 http://www.eruptionpublishing.com

    • Thanks, Lisa! The island is accessible from Spring Park just south of Milwaukie. We saw some kayakers who paddled upstream from Sel;wood Park in an hour. Well worth a look if you’re in the area.

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