If you love to explore the flora and fauna of oak and prairie habitats, Elk Rock Island is a great place for those explorations. Vernal pools on the island are particularly interesting. City of Portland staff has been monitoring unique plants, water quality, and critters in the vernal pools. On this boat trip you will experience the thirteen acre island from the water and on foot.
Elk Rock Island, owned and managed by the Portland Parks and Recreation, is located on the Willamette River just offshore from the City of Milwaukie boat ramp just south of Portland (about 20 minutes south of the Hawthorne Bridge).
Registration is required due to the limited number of canoes. Willamette Riverkeeper will provide canoes, PFD’s and paddles free of charge. No paddling experience is necessary. If you have your own boat and plan to bring it along please let them know when you register.