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.

BKM Capital Partners bought most of the Hayden Island Business Park in 2014 for $5.9 million then sold it in 2016. The 98,500-square-foot property, which includes four buildings, with twenty-four tenants having space at the park, about a quarter of which is office space.

Due to the park’s proximity to a nearby the Manheim Auto auction, about 60 percent of the tenants of the business park are auto-related. Oregon does not have state sales tax, so the Manheim Auto Auction has a large draw from auto dealers in both Seattle and Portland.

West Hayden Island, on the far west side of the island, consists of some 800 acres of undeveloped land. The property is owned by the Port of Portland, which hoped to locate a new port facility there. Boaters have access to the best beach on Hayden Island, just west of the railroad bridge.

On the opposite end of the island, on the far East Side sits Yacht Harbor Apartments and Salpare Bay, the newest development on the island. Once a condominium project launched just before the 2008 recession, it became Yacht Harbor Apartments (map), one of the nicest high-end residences on the island. It has its own sandy beach on the Columbia.

Most of the residences on the (east) side of the island require keylock entry while virtually none (east or west) have beach access.

The Columbia Corridor is the single largest industrial area in the state of Oregon, covering 28 square miles. It stretches over 18 miles along the Columbia River from the Rivergate Industrial District to the Troutdale Industrial District. Five marine terminals support regional shipping imports and exports. The Columbia River is the #1 wheat export gateway in the United States.

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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