The Ports

Portland, Oregon

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Portland
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 18525: St. Helens to Vancouver; 18526: Port of Portland
Driving Directions: Directions to The Ports

Recent Trail Reviews

4/7/2006
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Hayden Island is city paddling. While the people are pleasant there is noise from the freeway, noise from Portland International Raceway if an event is happening and noise from people and their boats. The most noise is generated by Portland International Airport and the National Airguard. This is a nice location if you like the bustle of a city or if you need to rent a kayak or canoe. I'd much prefer paddling the Willamette River through downtown Portland. Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak can outfit you at either location. Tell them Jodi says "Hi."



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