Lower Sandy River, COA 057

Lower Sandy River
Photo Credit: Susan Barnes, ODFW

This area is comprised of the 1,500-acre Sandy River Delta at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia Rivers, plus the Lower Sandy River and its tributaries, including Beaver Creek and the lower reaches of the Bull Run River. Located east of the Portland Metro area in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

COA ID: 057

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • A large and diverse area of floodplain, bottomland hardwood forest, wetlands, wet prairies, sloughs, Oregon white oak, and conifer forest
  • Priority area in Lower Columbia River Fish Conservation and Recovery Plan
  • Reproducing populations of red-legged frog and western painted turtle
  • Very important area for migratory birds and fish (especially salmonids)

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID WC-02 (Bull Run-Sandy Rivers)
  • 2006 COA ID WV-06 (Sandy River area)

Protected Areas

  • Sandy River Wild and Scenic River
  • Dabney State Recreation Area
  • Dodge Park
  • Glen Otto Community Park
  • Lewis and Clark State Park
  • Oxbow Regional Park
  • Sandy River Delta Recreation Area


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Off-channel habitat

Strategy Species