Walton Beach is located about 9 miles from the Sauvie Island Bridge. Be sure to pick up a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Parking Pass to display in your windshield, as you will need this to park. The pass is $10 per day, or $22 for annual pass. Passes are available for purchase at the market on your left when you come off the Sauvie Island Bridge, and at most convenient stores in the area. You may want to get here early on a gorgeous sunny day, because the parking lot can get busy!
There are porta-potties located in the parking lot, but other amenities at this beach are fairly limited. The beach makes up for its lack of amenities with relaxed vibes and secluded areas. Be sure to bring your own snacks, drinking water, and dog treats! It's a great place to lay back and watch the boats and barges pass by on the Colombia River.
The water is decently calm, except for waves created by the wakes from boats. It's a great river for stand up paddle boarding or just floating on an inner tube. Be aware that there are no lifeguards, and the shoreline has sudden drop offs. Three feet deep can quickly become 9 feet deep. Keep an eye on children in the water, and it's a wise idea to take a personal floatation device and doggy life jacket. Just north of Walton Beach is Collins Beach, which is clothing optional. Don't stray too far north if that's a scene you'd like to avoid!
Dogs are welcome with both paws, but they need to stay leashed and picked up after. Overall, Walton Beach is a furtastic place to spend some time in vacation mode with your best pal.