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Skamokawa
Advanced Kayaking on the Lower Columbia River
Work with an acclaimed kayaking coach to improve your kayak technique as you paddle past 90-foot waterfalls, basalt cliffs, sea lions and nesting bald eagles.
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Program No. 19493RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions & Getting to Know You, Introduction to History of Skamokawa
Skamokawa, Washington
D
Skamokawa Resort

Dinner: Dinner at Skamokawa Resort. Menus typically include a salad, entrée, fresh homemade bread, and dessert, often featuring fresh, local ingredients.

Evening: ORIENTATION: This program takes you to explore the Great River of the West with other experienced kayakers on long-distance paddles that expose you to little-traveled sections of the river. You'll have an overview of the experience to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory session. PRESENTATION: After a short break, we'll have a slide presentation introducing the history of Skamokawa and the lower Columbia River by guide Mark Whitaker. Note: This program is designed for experienced paddlers to learn advanced skills; no beginners. Paddling 10–20 tide-assisted miles per day.

DAY
2
Paddle from Deep River to Gray's Point & back, evening presentation by historian Irene Martin
Skamokawa, Washington
B,L,D
Skamokawa Resort

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfasts include eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, and juices. Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by Skamokawa Resort.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will begin paddling in Deep River and emerge onto Gray's Bay, the widest point of the Columbia River at eight miles across. Gray's Bay is usually our best area for seeing wildlife, including river otters, elk, waterfowl and nesting bald eagles.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunches at forested Gray's Point, where Lewis & Clark camped for two stormy days in 1805.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After the tide changes during lunch, we will return along the shore of Gray's Bay, passing the ghost town of Frankfurt on our way back to our Deep River launch site.

Dinner: We will eat together at Skamokawa Resort. Chefs Jake Collins and Ginger Schmitz are experienced caterers who provide delicious, healthy and varied dinners for us each day.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Irene Martin is a local author and historian. Winner of the Governor's Award for her historical work, she has also worked as a gillnetter and Episcopal priest and has entertained and informed Road Scholar groups for many years on every conceivable topic related to the Lower Columbia River.

DAY
3
Clinic of intermediate to advanced kayak skills with coach Mark Whitaker, River Life Interpretive Center, live folk music of the Columbia River
Skamokawa, Washington
B,L,D
Skamokawa Resort

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfasts include eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, and juices. Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by Skamokawa Resort.

Morning: SKILLS CLINIC: Led by respected kayak coach Mark Whitaker, we'll work on stroke refinement, bracing, rescues, rolling, towing, and navigation.

Lunch: Depending on timing and conditions, we will eat our pack lunches on the deck of Skamokawa Center, overlooking the river, or on a beach on Price Island.

Afternoon: SKILLS CLINIC: We will continue our clinic, learning and practicing to improve kayaking skills. EXCURSION: After the skills clinic concludes, we'll walk across the road to the River Life Interpretive Center. This Queen Anne-style 1894 schoolhouse was purchased and beautifully restored by the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation in 1985, and now serves as a historical museum.

Dinner: We will have dinner together at Skamokawa Resort.

Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: The popular local folk band Willapa Hills will present a program of songs by and about the people of the lower Columbia River. Willapa Hills are known for creative arrangements using various combinations of voice, guitar, cello, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, and percussion. Their "Portrait of Place" CD was selected for inclusion in the Washington State Historical Society archives.

DAY
4
Paddle Eagle Cliff to Skamokawa via the Lower Gorge and the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, evening presentation on the history of kayaking by Mark Whitaker.
Skamokawa, Washington
B,L,D
Skamokawa Resort

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfasts include eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, and juices. Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by Skamokawa Resort.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Beginning at County Line Park, we will paddle along the basalt cliffs of the Lower Gorge, featuring 90-foot waterfalls, many wildflowers, and the ruins of old salmon canneries. These cliffs are part of the world's second largest basalt flows that filled the Columbia 16 million years ago.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunch on an uninhabited island in the Columbia before continuing down river.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue paddling to Skamokawa through the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge. The Sitka spruce swamp sloughs through which we'll paddle are lined with trees up to 350 years old. We'll have opportunities to watch river otters, bald eagles, and nesting osprey.

Dinner: We will have dinner together at Skamokawa Resort.

Evening: Evening presentation: Guide Mark Whitaker will give a history of kayaking, with an emphasis on the Aleut and Greenland cultures where the kayak developed. Mark has built traditional skin-on-frame kayaks and associated equipment and teaches traditional Greenland paddling and rolling techniques.

DAY
5
Fourteen-mile tide-assisted paddle from Skamokawa to Altoona past forested basalt flows, former cannery town sites, Pillar Rock and Andrew's Arch; live music program
Skamokawa, Washington
B,L,D
Skamokawa Resort

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfasts include eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, and juices. Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by Skamokawa Resort.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Our route this morning will begin along the rugged north shore to Pillar Rock, a landmark made famous in the Lewis & Clark journals as the point where they first reported seeing the ocean.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunch at Andrew's Arch, an arch formed where the Frenchman Springs basalt flow flowed into seafloor sediment 14 million years ago. The south half of the arch is basalt, the north sandstone. If the tide is still high enough, we can paddle through.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will paddle the final miles to Altoona, where we will take out near scenic Twin Fir Rock and the ruins of the old Altoona Cannery.

Dinner: Our final dinner features wild-caught salmon at Skamokawa Resort.

Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: River Songs, performed by musicians Andrew Emlen, Jillian Raye, Kyleen Austin and Eric Friend.

DAY
6
Farewells and Program Conclusion
Skamokawa, Washington
B

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfasts include eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, and juices.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast and farewells so that everyone can begin their independent departures. Best wishes for all your journeys!