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, that are accessible only by boat. The largest and most developed is 1,760-acre Government Island. The area also includes Lemon and McGuire Islands.

Government 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 BBQ grills are located throughout the perimeter. The interior of the island is accessible only by permit and contains protected natural areas.

The islands feature freshwater wetlands that support a variety of threatened and endangered wildlife species, including several species of salmon, salamanders, bats, turtles, and birds.

Lemon Island is the westernmost island of the complex. McGuire Island is southeast of the main island.

Toilets are located on all three islands, at: West Lemon Island, SE Lemon Island, Commodore Cove (near I-205 north), Government Island Landing (west dock), Bartlett Landing (east dock), SE McGuire, and about two miles east of south I-205 (South Beach).

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Call park: 503-281-0944, 503-695-2261
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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.