Washington & Oregon River Cruises

Washington & Oregon River Cruises
The Columbia River forms much of the southern border of Washington and the northern border of Oregon, creating a unique opportunity for cruising along both states through the 100-mile-long and 3,000-foot-deep Columbia River Gorge. Before veering west along the Oregon border and connecting to the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia travels south through Washington, providing additional scenic opportunities for river cruising.

Columbia River Journeys & River City Tours

Columbia River Journeys has offered tours since 1996 on the 28-foot Chinook Wind, an aluminum cruiser with padded seats and a sun top. Tour season runs from May 1 through Oct. 15, and the tours originate from Howard Amon Park in Richland, Wash. The most popular river tour is a four-and-a-half-hour cruise of Hanford Reach National Monument, a 195,000-acre protected area along the river that is home to wildlife and also the deactivated reactors of the Manhattan Project. Tour fares in 2009 are $64 per adult and $49 for children ages 4 through 11.

Columbia River Journeys & River City Tours
P.O. Box 1463
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 734-9941 or (888) 486-9119
columbiariverjourneys.com

Portland Spirit River Cruise Dining and Columbia River Adventures

Portland Spirit River Cruises operates five boats offering a variety of river cruises on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler takes passengers on a Landmarks of the Gorge cruise of the Columbia River from June through September. Points of interest on the five-hour cruise include Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock and Bonneville Locks and Dam, and lunch is included. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m., and the cruise lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rates are $84 for adults and $64 for seniors and children 4 through 12.

Portland Spirit River Cruise Dining and Columbia River Adventures
110 S.E. Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 224-3900 or (800) 224-3901
portlandspirit.com

Adventure Cruises

Adventure Cruises offers an eight-day Lewis and Clark Cruise on the Columbia River aboard the Spirit of '98 Riverboat in the spring, summer and fall. The riverboat holds 96 passengers and has rooms with windows, refrigerators and double and queen-size beds. Meals are included on the cruise, which departs from Portland and then follows Lewis and Clark's travels to the Columbia River Gorge, Pendleton, Hells Canyon, the Snake River, Clarkston, Walla Walla, Multnomah Falls, Cape Horn, Astoria and Fort Clatsop before returning to Portland on the eighth day. An elevator and Internet access are available on the riverboat, whose cruising speed reaches 13 knots. Transportation to and from Portland Airport is provided to passengers before and after the cruise. Special rates apply for early booking.

Adventure Cruises
725 Snowden Road
White Salmon, WA 98672
(800) 613-2789
adventurecruises.com/columbia9810.php

Article Written By Michelle Hornaday

Michelle Hornaday lives in Edmonds, Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently a freelance writer for various websites.

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