Island’s ‘no trespassing’ rule will be enforced Memorial Day weekend

Georgia-Pacific is once again reminding the public that Ackerman Island, also known as “Sand Island,” located between Camas and Government Island in the Columbia River, is privately owned and not open to recreational boaters or campers.

The 1-mile-long island, which is owned by Georgia-Pacific, has no recreational services and is posted as no trespassing, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to the island during the warmer weather months. 

“We have received complaints from our neighbors that boaters recreating on Ackerman Island are causing noise and light disturbances at all hours of the day throughout the summer,” Georgia-Pacific spokesperson Kristi Ward said. “In addition, there has been trash and other impacts left behind on the island that our team members then have to clean up.”

Last week, Camas Georgia-Pacific team members removed two garbage dumpsters worth of items including: grills, chairs, plastics, tarps, benches, a tetherball pole with a concrete-filled tire, and four toilets, Ward added. 

She said Georgia-Pacific staff and members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Marine Division “will be reminding boaters during Memorial Day weekend that Ackerman Island (does not allow) camping (or) trespassing.”