ODFW wants people to plan for a safe weekend at Sauvie Island
Thursday, August 31, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. – With more warm weather in the forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds recreationists who want to use beaches or other recreational areas within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area to plan ahead to avoid parking problems, and to stay safe while visiting.
Parking at SIWA beaches is limited and is restricted to a first-come, first-served basis for those with wildlife area parking permits. Though permits are required to park on the wildlife area it doesn’t guarantee a place to park. The wildlife area has enough parking to accommodate approximately 1,000 vehicles, but during recent busy weekends over 5,000 vehicles have been counted near Walton and Collins beaches on Reeder Road. The additional illegally parked vehicles have caused access issues and safety concerns for visitors and for local residents.
“Keeping the roads open and parking in an orderly fashion is critical to protecting the Wildlife Area, the health and safety of beach visitors, and the residents of Sauvie Island,” said SIWA Manager Mark Nebeker.
Reeder Road is the primary access to Sauvie Island beaches and must remain open at all times for large emergency vehicles in the case of fire or medical emergencies. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed. During the last period of hot weather EMTs had to transport several people by ambulance, and police cited several individuals for illegal parking, DUII and other offenses.
ODFW encourages people who want to drink alcohol on the wildlife area to do so responsibly, and to bring plenty of water. There have been several alcohol-related injuries and illnesses on the Wildlife Area this summer, and ODFW wants all visitors to enjoy the Wildlife Area, but to be safe while doing so. So plan ahead, be responsible, and don’t drink and drive.
Parking passes can be purchased from any ODFW field office, online or license agent. Daily passes are $10. Annual passes are $30.
Ken Loffink (503) 947-6020
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038