Ash Island (Oregon)

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Ash Island from Dundee

Ash Island is an uninhabited 137-acre (0.55 km2) island at river mile 52[1] on the Willamette River, in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States, near Dundee. The island is accessible by boat year-round from any nearby Willamette River landing. A private ferry carries agricultural workers to the island from Marion County, on the other side of the river.

Geography[edit]

Most of Ash Island is covered in sandy fields and, on the shores and southern end, forest. The elevation of the island ranges from around 50 feet (15 m) at shoreline to, the islands highest point, a "peak" around 80 feet (24 m). There is a wooden dam located at the south end of the channel on the left side of the island.[2]

History[edit]

In 1950, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) water level station [3] ran from April 3 - April 13.

Today, Ash Island is primarily used for farming and beach camping.[2]

Wildlife[edit]

The island is home to a number of animals, including deer, fox, geese, ducks and bald eagles. The nearby river is a popular fishing spot for salmon, steelhead and bass.

Current status[edit]

In January 2007, Ash Island was being considered as site for Dundee to discharge its wastewater. This use could affect the island's ecosystem,[citation needed] however, Ash Island is also being considered for a new state park by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Willamette River Recreation Guide". Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2008-04-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Willamette River Recreation Guide" (PDF). Oregon State Marine Board. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Index of Oregon Water Level Stations". NOAA Center for Operational Products and Services. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Dundee sewers are an issue". Newberg Graphic. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ Duderstadt, Dee (September 29, 2007). "State park in the works". News-Register. Retrieved 2007-10-02. [dead link]

Coordinates: 45°16′21″N 122°59′02″W / 45.272618°N 122.98399°W / 45.272618; -122.98399