The East Columbia neighborhood is somewhat disconnected from the rest of North and Northeast Portland. Marine Drive borders the East Columbia neighborhood to the north, while the Columbia slough is the southern border. I-5 is just to the west and the Levee road dike is to the east.
With a population of only 146 (in 2013) and under one square mile, the East Columbia neighborhood is very small with diverse uses. This neighborhood is made up of residential, industrial, and agricultural areas. Newer suburban style houses on smaller lots mix with older farm style houses that have more acreage. There is also a small cluster of floating homes.
This remote neighborhood is on a managed flood plane, which helps make it unique in North Portland. Nearby neighborhoods provide many of the commercial amenities that East Columbia lacks.
East Columbia Attractions
Nature is the principle activity here and most of it is focused around the Columbia Slough.
Wetlands thrive along the Slough, especially at the Columbia Children’s Arboretum. The Arboretum is mainly a sanctuary for native wildlife, but occasionally students on field trips arrive here to explore the acres of cottonwoods, waterways, and grasslands. Check out the annual picnic in July and get to meet some of the local neighbors and the volunteers who maintain the park.
The other main feature in the East Columbia neighborhood is the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Not only is this a great golf course, but it is popular wedding destination, as well.
East Columbia might be a small neighborhood in many ways, but that is part of it’s charm. What it lacks in things to do, it makes up for with nature surrounding the neighborhood.
East Columbia Zip Code: 97211
Almost all errands require a car
A few nearby public transportation options
Minimal bike infrastructure