Elk Rock Island is Closed Until Further Notice

Elk Rock Island is closed to the public until further notice due to fire damage. Spring Park remains open, but the trail leading to Elk Rock Island is also closed. Please respect these closures.

Site Update (posted on September 23, 2020)

Spring Park Natural Area and Elk Rock Island remain closed due to the fire and continued danger posed by unstable trees and erosion of exposed soils. Risk to visitors has increased due to the rain last week and more rain is predicted this week.  Foot traffic would not only increase soil erosion, but would also further impact this fragile ecosystem. The City of Milwaukie and NCPRD continue partner with Clackamas Fire District  and other partners to survey and assess the conditions and mitigate damage.  The sites will open as soon as conditions warrant. Thank you for your patience and understanding. ​ 


Background

On the evening of September 8, 2020, a fire broke out on eastern edge of Elk Rock Island in Milwaukie that burned just under two acres of natural area. Thank you to Clackamas Fire District #1 and Milwaukie Police Department for their work in quickly containing the fire, limiting damage and preventing evacuations in the surrounding neighborhoods. The exact cause of the fire is still unknown.

Do Not Enter the Site

Clackamas County is experiencing unprecedented fires throughout the region and resources are limited. Please respect the firefighters and emergency responders and do not enter the site.

The area is still an active burn site and poses risk to workers and visitors. Clackamas Fire District is dispatching firefighters to control the hot spots within the burned area as they flare up. Hazards include fallen trees and branches, unstable ground, and stumps and roots that are still smoldering. Please respect closures to allow NCPRD, City of Milwaukie and Clackamas Fire District #1 to address the damages and begin restoration.

Restoration

A beloved community treasure on the Willamette River, Elk Rock Island contains sensitive habitats that are home to an array of plant and animal species. We will be working with the City of Milwaukie and other local agencies to begin the process of fire damage restoration. Please help us in our efforts to restore this important and unique site by honoring the current closure. Although it may take a while for the site to recover, nature is miraculous and eventually regrowth will occur and wildlife will return.

Alternate Parks and Natural Areas

With the temporary closure of Elk Rock Island and the Spring Park Trail, we encourage you to explore other parks in the district. NCPRD offers many parks that provide connections to nature and recreational opportunities. Below is a list of other nearby parks to visit, and you can learn more about all NCPRD parks here.

Fire Damage Images