Intergenerational: Kayaking the Lower Columbia River
Enjoy the ultimate adventure with your grandchild — kayaking along the Lower Columbia River. Paddle near waterfalls and through wildlife refuges, and even participate in a kayak rodeo!
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Program No. 22362RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience the dramatic scenery, history and wildlife of the Lower Columbia River with your grandchild while learning kayaking skills and making memories your young learner will always cherish. Paddle the Lewis and Clark trail along basalt cliffs, through Sitka spruce swamps and out to tidal marsh islands, while naturalists and other experts interpret your magnificent surroundings. Spend the evenings together attending engaging presentations that highlight the rich cultural history of the region.
Activity Level
Paddle 6-7 miles in a day. Hike two miles over uneven trail with 150-foot elevation gain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Kayak along the 90-foot cliffs and waterfalls of the Lower Columbia River Gorge to learn about the Missoula Floods, the largest freshwater floods known to have occurred on earth.
  • Have a great time participating in the Kayak Rodeo, a series of games, relays and cooperative challenges that develop kayak handling and rescue skills.
  • Paddle through the narrow channels, lined with ancient trees, of the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge while learning of the Indian villages that once existed here.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 12-15.
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Andrew Emlen
Since starting Skamokawa's kayaking program in 1998, Andrew Emlen has led more than 180 Road Scholar programs. Andrew has a master's degree in environmental studies. A former instructor of environmental science, geology labs and field biology, he is well-versed on local birds, mammals, insects, plants and mushrooms. Andrew plays cello, guitar and several other instruments with his fellow local musicians during evening presentations that feature music of the lower Columbia River.
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Andrew Emlen
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