Virginia Lake

An easy going wetland hike and nature trail.

2
hours of fun

Open

All year round. That said, being low-lying and dirt-tracked, it'll be gloopily impassible after heavy rains.

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Pros

  • An easy loop to hike with a variety of wetland environments to experience. No hills whatsoever.
  • Very quiet, off the beaten track.
  • Route markers (fancifully) suggest local birdlife to spot; and there are a couple of bird-spotting hides along the route.
  • Lots of animals around for sharp eyed nature lovers, from frogs and bunny rabbits to garter snakes.

Cons

  • Muddy in the winter. Wear boots.
  • As with every other non-commercial┬ádestination on the Sauvie Island, don’t forget to buy/bring your Sauvie Island parking permit. Day use and annual permits are most easily purchased at the general store that lies just over the Sauvie Island bridge.

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  • A photograph taken at Virginia Lake
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Take Sauvie Island road north from the bridge 2.5 miles, past the junction off to Reeder Road, and look for a sign to the "Wapato Access Greenway" trailhead. There's a small parking lot. [Google map].

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