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Government Island State Recreation Area

  COVID-19 Alert 05/27/20
Effective May 27, 2020: Open with limited services. This includes Lemon and McGuire Islands. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice. 
Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.

Major Features & Activities

Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife
  • Open Year Round
  • Fishing

COVID-19 UPDATE: Park is open with limited services. Lemon and McGuire Islands are also open. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice. 

Government Island (in the Columbia River northeast of Portland) is a series of islands accessible by boat only. There are two docks and a floating tie-up on the north side of the main island. Although restrooms are located throughout, rules signs and restrooms also are located at West Lemon Island, SE Lemon, Commodore (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)

With 15 miles of shoreline, the park is popular with anglers. Camping is permitted below the vegetation line around the perimeter and in a few upland areas where picnic tables and a shelter have been installed.
There are trails along the north side of Lemon and Government Islands. The interior is accessible by permit only.

 

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