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Lower Columbia River Trail (OR, WA)

Location: Northern Oregon into Southwest Washington
Length: 146 miles

The Lower Columbia River Water Trail is a 146-mile, bi-state trail spanning the tidally influenced river waters from the Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. This water trail was dedicated in the summer of 2004 and work is ongoing: surveying, working with landowners, and publicizing launch and landing sites, campsites, and other facilities for non-motorized boaters (those generally using kayaks, canoes, small rowboats, etc).

The new website utilizes Google base maps to create a faster, more accessible, and much more user friendly mapping application that provides detailed information on launch and landing sites, camp sites, restaurants and groceries, lodging, and sites of interest along the water trail.

A journey along the Lower Columbia is spectacular and fascinating, a rich melange of gorgeous landscapes, historical sites and working ports of call. The river flows through the magnificent Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and its volcanic cliffs, along the waterfowl refuges at Sauvie Island and Ridgefield, past a Columbian white-tailed deer refuge, and around the multitude of marshes and islands of the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge. Cultural and educational attractions along the river corridor include historical and maritime museums, abandoned riverfront towns, Fort Clatsop, Fort Vancouver, and former Native American village sites.

Link to Map

Contact Info:

Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership
811 SW Naito Parkway, Suite 410
Portland, OR 97204
phone: 503-226-1565 ext. 228

Columbia Watertrail
Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership Watertrail Index

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