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."