On the northeast coast of Sauvie Island in Portland, you can hit the beach without having to drive 70 miles to the coast. Warrior Point Beach is located along the Colombia River, and looks out across the border to Washington. To get to this beach, you'll either need to come in by boat or take a 3.5 miles hike, but the rewards are worth it! On your travels, you'll get to see the historic Warrior Point Lighthouse and watchman's home, while enjoying a cool breeze off the river.
Before hitting the beach, 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. From here, you'll need to drive to the end of NW Reeder Road, and past the end of the pavement, approximately 4 miles down the road from Reeder Beach. From here, it's a flat and easy hike along the river to the lighthouse and beach area. You'll be hiking a total of 7 miles, so be sure to bring water and snacks to share with your canine companion.
This beach area isn't known for it's swimming, but it's a great location for you and your pal to cool off after a hike. Here, people and pups like 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. South of Warrior Point Beach along Reeder road is Collins Beach, which is clothing optional. Don't stray too far south if that's a scene you'd like to avoid!
The official Sauvie Island website states that dogs need to remain leashed throughout this area. Be sure to pick up after your pal, and follow leave no trace principles. Bring any beach essentials, including water and clean-up bags.
Warrior Point Beach is sure to put a wag in your dog's tail!