Scouting Outing  LbNA # 28739

Placed DateJun 17 2006
LocationPortland, OR
Found By Furpey Pal
Last Found Sep 8 2007
Hike Distance?

Scouting Outing

MonkeyBoy's Pack 872 took a boat ride one day. Our destination was Hadley's Landing on Wapato Island. This stamp was carved in route. Since I needed to keep up with the pack the box is just a few yards off the main trail - it could be considered a boat-by. Walk up the pier and start up the path until you come to the plaque. Walk directly past the plaque and behind the nearest large tree you will find Scouting Outing tucked near your feet.

If you continue on the path it is a nice loop that isn't very long and has a picnic shelter along the way.

Enjoy and Happy Hunting!
LadyB & MonkeyBoy

More info on the island if you're interested:
The original inhabitants were the Multnomah Indians. Numbering approximately 800 in population when first recorded by Lewis and Clark in 1805, the Multnomah Indians enjoyed the island as a luscious hunting, fishing, and plant-gathering ground in the summer and fall. The island was referred to as Wapato Island in the Lewis and Clark journals because of the large beds of wild potatoes, or wappato as named by the native Multnomahs. Unfortunately, the Multnomah Indians were decimated by smallpox and malaria introduced with European exploration to the region.

By 1856, most of Sauvie Island was staked out by settlers who had crossed the continent via the Oregon Trail. The settlers were attracted to the fertile soil enriched by seasonal flooding in the winter time, superb hunting, and excellent fishing. During this time, the Bybee-Howell House was built on the western side of the island, where it still stands today.

In the fall and winter, the island hosts over 150,000 migratory ducks and geese. Other seasonal guests include bald eagles (winter), sandhill cranes (fall and spring), and tundra swans (fall). Permanent residents of the preserve include great blue heron, wood ducks, beavers, red foxes, black-tailed deer, and raccoons.

Hiking: The wildlife area is a perfect place to explore the local landscape on foot. Picnicking and other day-use activities are permitted as long as visitors obey the regulations in place to protect wildlife. Please respect the area by carrying all your garbage out. There is no drinking water available and only primitive restrooms. Also, there is no overnight camping.

Birdwatching: Conditions fluctuate with the seasons and migratory patterns. Late winter and early spring are excellent for viewing waterfowl. Bald eagles are usually spotted in the winter as they feed on the weaker waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds can be seen on the island throughout the year.