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Until the Interstate Bridge opened in 1917, ferries provided service between Portland and Vancouver. After the bridge opened, streetcar service also began on Hayden Island.


Hayden Island was first known for the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, which operated from 1928 to 1970. The Amusement Park closed in 1970 and was replaced by a large shopping center, the Jantzen Beach Mall. A $50 million renovation to the shopping center finished in 2013.


Today, Jantzen Beach is now something of a misnomer, since Jantzen Swimwear and their Amusement Park departed and currently Hayden Island has no public beach. Many people passing through on I-5, don’t even realize it IS an island. A 15 foot berm surrounds most of the island to prevent flooding from the Columbia River.


Lotus Isle became a competitive amusement park for a few years in the 1930s. It was located east of Interstate-5, on Tomahawk Island.

Once separate islands, today Tomahawk Island and Hayden Island have merged into one island through landfill and dredging. Tomahawk Island, on the east side of Interstate 5, now features condos, hotels, houseboats, marinas, boat dealers, nautical supply shops and a large Safeway.

Hayden Island, on the west side of Interstate 5, features the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter, manufactured home communities, houseboats, a business park and a large auto auction center.

Salpare Bay, once a condominium project on the east end of Hayden Island, has become Yacht Harbor Apartments (map), one of the nicest high-end residences on the island in that it has its own sandy beach. Most of the residences on the (east) side of the island require keylock entry while virtually none (east or west) have beach access.

West Hayden Island, on the other side of the railroad bridge, consists of some 800 acres of undeveloped land. The property is owned by the Port of Portland, which hopes to locate a new port facility there. The homeless have got the best beach on West Hayden Island, although it is contentious.

Unionized grain handlers are going back to work at Northwest grain terminals including United Grain in Vancouver, Columbia Grain, at Portland’s terminal 5, Louis Dreyfus Commodities north of the Steel Bridge, and Temco, north of the Broadway Bridge.

Some 2,200 residents call Hayden Island home.

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