The Ports Professional Review and Guide
"The lower Columbia is a working river, and that’s no more evident than in the waters around Hayden Island, which are lined with houseboats, dock facilities for the ports of Portland and Vancouver, shipping channel anchorage areas and ship turning basins. 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. By volume, it is the second-largest river in North America, its tributaries draining nearly 673,400 square km (260,000 sq. mi.).
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."