Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage. Breakfast is usually at 8:00 a.m. At 8:40 a.m., you will be transported to the kayak put-in or to a field-trip destination.
We will follow Lewis & Clark's route through Elochoman (ee-LO-ko-man) Slough, a narrow waterway where the Corps of Discovery followed two canoes of Wahkiakum (wa-KIE-a-kum) Indians to their village site to trade (fish hooks for dogs and wapato tubers). We will follow the slough all the way to lunch through the Sitka spruce swamps of the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, which feature trees up to 350 years old.
At the end of the slough, we will emerge on a sand beach on the main channel of the Columbia, where we will eat our pack lunch.
We will continue paddling downriver with the outgoing tide. For less than a mile we will be on the main channel before continuing to Skamokawa (ska-MOCK-away) via Steamboat Slough, also part of the Hansen Wildlife Refuge. After returning to Skamokawa we will walk across the road to the 1894 schoolhouse that has been lovingly restored as the River Life Interpretive Center.
Dinners at Skamokawa Resort, prepared by The Duck Inn catering, feature fresh local ingredients, including a meat or vegetarian entree, vegetables, salad and home-made dessert.
The four-member folk band Skamokawa Swamp Opera will perform music by and about the people of the Lower Columbia River, including their original songs. Skamokawa Swamp Opera are known for creative arrangements using various combinations of voice, guitar, cello, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, and percussion.