A favourite day paddle is the 16-km (10-mi.) circumnavigation of Bachelor Island in Washington State, part of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Other options entice from across the river, including a lighthouse and trails on Sauvie Island, camping on Sand Island just across from St. Helens Marina and brunch in the charming waterfront town of St. Helens. The Great River of the West, the Columbia River, forms the state boundary between Washington and Oregon, and is renowned for its power and immensity, its mysterious beauty and its fascinating human history.
It's shores are lined with glacier-carved cliffs, golden sand beaches and views of magnificent volcanoes. Along this liquid highway have traveled finely crafted Native American canoes, the high-prowed bateaux of the French fur-trading voyageurs, the rough dugouts of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, steamboats transporting gold seekers and gamblers, and today’s international cargo ships. A journey along the lower Columbia River is spectacular and fascinating, a rich melange of gorgeous landscapes, historical sites and working ports of call.
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