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Ross Island

A four-island complex in the Willamette River within the Portland metropolitan area.

Red Marker Ross Island
A four-island complex in the Willamette River within the Portland metropolitan area.

Location: Located in Portland between the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges in the Willamette River. It is alongside the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Area and visible from within Oaks Bottom and along the bike/hike path at its edge.

Description: A 404-acre island complex separated from Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge by the narrow Holgate Channel. Includes Ross, Hardtack, East, and Toe Islands.

Ornithological Highlights:  More than 100 bird species use the Island along their Pacific Flyway migratory path. On East Island, a rookery of Great Blue Herons has been present for decades, at one time housing as many as 66 nests. A pair of Bald Eagles has nested and raised young on the Island since the 1990s. A floating passerby could hope to encounter eagles, herons, osprey, kingfishers, beaver, river otter, and a wide array of songbirds, shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl.

For more information on Ross Island, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database. 

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Location: Located in Portland between the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges in the Willamette River. It is alongside the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Area and visible from within Oaks Bottom and along the bike/hike path at its edge.

Description: A 404-acre island complex separated from Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge by the narrow Holgate Channel. Includes Ross, Hardtack, East, and Toe Islands.

Ornithological Highlights:  More than 100 bird species use the Island along their Pacific Flyway migratory path. On East Island, a rookery of Great Blue Herons has been present for decades, at one time housing as many as 66 nests. A pair of Bald Eagles has nested and raised young on the Island since the 1990s. A floating passerby could hope to encounter eagles, herons, osprey, kingfishers, beaver, river otter, and a wide array of songbirds, shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl.

For more information on Ross Island, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database. 

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