Government Island State Recreation Area

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

Government Island State Recreation Area encompasses three islands in the Columbia River, north of Portland, accessible only by boat. The largest and most developed is 1,760-acre Government Island. The area also includes Lemon and McGuire Islands.

The main island has 15 miles of shoreline with two docks and a floating tie-up on the north side. Camping is permitted below the vegetation line around the perimeter; there are no designated campsites. Pit toilets and picnic tables with barbecue grills are located throughout the perimeter.

The interior of the island contains protected natural areas, such as Jewett Lake and is accessible only by permit through the Port of Portland. The islands feature freshwater wetlands that support a variety of wildlife species, including several species of salmon, salamanders, bats, turtles, and birds.

Lemon Island, the westernmost island, is densely vegetated and hard to navigate. It is a popular spot for boaters to stop and stretch their legs along the shore. The island is seasonally connected to Government Island. 

McGuire Island is closest to land, southeast of the main park. Launch your boat from Chinook Landing Marine Park or from the NE 33rd Drive boat launch.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on portions of the islands below the high water mark. Check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for details.

Toilets are located along the perimeter of the three islands.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.