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Plan ahead to avoid Sauvie Island beach access issues

With more warm weather in the forecast, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police remind outdoor recreationists using beaches within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area to park only in designated areas.

Parking at SIWA beaches is extremely limited and is restricted on a first-come, first-served basis. A wildlife area parking permit is required but this permit does not guarantee a place to park. People who park in unauthorized areas risk getting a citation, having their vehicle towed, or both.

Parking passes are $10 daily or $30 for an annual pass.

Reeder Road is the primary access to Walton and Collins beaches and must remain open at all times for large emergency vehicles.

During the last period of hot weather, EMTs had to transport several people by ambulance, and police cited several vehicles for illegal parking and ordered several vehicles towed, the ODFW reported.

Fireworks are prohibited on beaches within the wildlife area.