Skamokawa

Portland, Oregon

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Skamokawa is a Chinook word that means “smoke on the water.” The smoke is the beautiful, mystical fog that frequently shrouds the land and settles above the water, taking on the apricot, mauve and crimson colours of sunset. With the historic town of Skamokawa, Washington, as your home base, and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge just across the way, a delicious variety of paddling opportunities abound. Its 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.

Skamokawa Professional Review and Guide

"Skamokawa is a Chinook word that means “smoke on the water.” The smoke is the beautiful, mystical fog that frequently shrouds the land and settles above the water, taking on the apricot, mauve and crimson colours of sunset. With the historic town of Skamokawa, Washington, as your home base, and the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge just across the way, a delicious variety of paddling opportunities abound.

Its 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."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Portland
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 1 - 3 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 18523: Harrington Point to Crims Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Skamokawa

Recent Trail Reviews

4/7/2006
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Skamokawa to Cathlamette and back is 10+ nms circumnavigating Price Island and Hunting Islands. Launch from vista Park on an incoming tide and paddle up river or up Steamboat Slough to a short section of the Columbia River paddle up Elochoman Sough to Cathlamette. In summer it is suggested to wait for the tide to turn, but all other months it is easy to proceed back to Skamokawa via the Columbia River. The stars are exceptional down hear beyond the light pollution of the cities. If you are not up for the challenge of a night paddle there are local paddling shops which provide this service for a fee. This segment is quiet and the wildlife plentiful. The river itself has commercial boat traffic that includes large freighters. The sloughs do not. Make yourself familiar with the shipping channel if you want to paddle the river also. Water temperatures range from 40 F from January to March and reach the low 70s in late July or early August. If you want more information about Portland area paddling go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PDXseakayaker/?yguid=192342472 the paddling community here loves to share.



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May 2018