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Kayaking the Lower Columbia River: Exploration and Discovery

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Program #2288RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Skamokawa is the ideal starting point for exploring the lower Columbia River by kayak. Paddle in a variety of habitats, from narrow sloughs winding through Sitka spruce swamps to wide-open expanses on the estuary of the Columbia. Walk among the giant trees of ancient coastal forest. In addition to giving professional kayak instruction, your leaders are experts in local history, geology and wildlife.


• Weave your way through the long chain of tidal marsh islands that comprise the 35,000-acre Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge.
• Paddle along the 90-foot cliffs and waterfalls of the Lower Gorge.
• Enjoy two traditional music performances: “Songs of the Lower Columbia” and “Music of the Lewis & Clark Era."

Program Notes

You may also be interested in program #19493-Advanced Kayaking on the Lower Columbia River. Participants will stay in one of two charming local Bed and Breakfasts. Participants will be assigned rooms based on availability.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Kayak in single or double kayaks on both protected sloughs and open river. Field trips up to six hours, including a break for lunch. Kayaking locations dependent on tides. No previous kayak experience is necessary.

Date Notes
May through early June is the peak of wildflower season on the basalt cliffs of the Lower Gorge. Named by botanists for the similarity of its flora to that of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area 100 miles to the east, many species including Cliff Larkspur, Spring-Gold, White Shooting Star, Common Paintbrush, Broad-leaved Stonecrop and the endemic pink Columbia Gorge Daisy (found only behind waterfalls on the Columbia River) may be found. Waterfalls along the cliffs are usually still running impressively at this time of year as well.

Coordinated by Columbia River Kayaking.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
2 Performances


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