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Kayak Training and Coaching Programs
Lower Columbia River Resources (Clubs, Boating info, Kayak Centers)
Symposiums & Events
Recommended Lodging on the Lower Columbia River & Coast
Taking Care of Your River
Lewis & Clark
Directions to some launches on the Columbia & beyond
Safety info for paddling on the Lower Columbia River
Kayak Training and Coaching Programs
- Paddlesports North America (BCU)
- American Canoe Association homepage
- National Outdoor Leadership School
- Canadian Recreational Canoe Association
- Sea Kayak Instruction and Leadership Systems
- Qajaq USA-Traditional Inuit Kayaking information
Lower Columbia River Paddling Resources
- Oregon State Marine Board safety info & resources
- PDXkayaker website and forum Find other kayakers with whom to paddle, plus download blank log book pages and sea conditions rating system.
- Rules of Navigation, a summary for boaters in general.
- US Coast Guard Notice to Mariners Updated nautical chart information.
- Lower Columbia River Water Trail A comprehensive resource for paddlers on the lower Columbia River, from Bonneville to the mouth.
- CRK Safety & Resources for planning your own lower Columbia River trip. Weather links, hazard info, launch sites, etc.
Navigation & Boating Information
- Jonathan Walpole's Website This consummate BCU coach has a wealth of valuable info and inspiring photos
- Action film maker Justine Curgenven "This Is The Sea" DVD, expedition stories and clips, kayak art T-shirts.
- Red Alder Ranch boating and fishing info, custom sawmilling, links.
- Kayak Wisconsin Sea kayaker's resource for many things.
Quality Gear, with customer service to match!
- Kokatat Gore-Tex dry suits and other superior watersport wear.
- Werner Paddles Outstanding kayak engines.
- Pygmy Boats Wooden boat kits and plans. Fine boats, fun projects, great NW company.
- Seals Fine spray skirts.
- Beale Paddles Excellent, hand-crafted Greenland paddles.
- North Water paddlesports gear home of the "burrito" style tow belt and other useful things.
- Northwest River Supply all kinds of kayaking and rafting gear, in Idaho.
- Lumpy Paddles Custom hand-crafted Greenland paddles by Bill Bremer
- Saltwood Paddles Sea and whitewater paddles, manufactured in Portland, OR with Sitka spruce shafts, glass and carbon blades
- Reed Chill Cheater Revolutionary new lightweight wetsuit & drysuit alternative, plus skirts, drybags, more.
- Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup
An instructional kayak symposium with top coaches. Cathlamet & Skamokawa, WA-currently on hiatus
Anglesey, UK, October
South Sound Traditional Inuit Symposium. Near Olympia, WA, June.
- Delmarva Paddlers'
Delamarva, Delaware, October.
- Humboldt Bay Paddlefest
Eureka, Northern CA
- Lumpy Waters Symposium
Surf and sea kayaking symposium, Pacific City, OR, mid-Ocotber
Skamokawa Landing, historic building on the river, suites by the night. This is where our new shop is located.
Inn at Lucky Mud rural lodging
with local food on a 40 acre pioneer homestead. Disc golf. 800 806 7131
Inn at Crippen Creek Farm B&B and cooking classes at a modern small farm. 360-795-0585
Camping at Vista Park, tent and RV spaces and yurts, on the river
in Skamokawa 360-795-8605
Skamokawa Resort Store, lodging and restaurant and bar; previously known as Skamokawa Center. 360-795-0726.
on Skamokawa Creek, with dock.
Elochoman Marina yurts, cabins, tent and RV camping
Rog's Retreat at Stockhouse's
Farm on Puget Island 360.849.4145
- City of Vancouver Water Resources (Select Water Center from pull down Department menu)
- Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership (LCREP)
Works to protect and restore the lower Columbia River estuary with on-the-ground improvements and education and information programs.
- Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST)
Based in Astoria, CREST coordinates activities between local, state, and federal agencies; provides information, maps, and educational materials to citizens of the region; and provides coastal and estuarine technical services for members.
- Fort Clatsop National Memorial Fort Clatsop - Lewis and Clark spent one miserably wet winter here in 1805-6. Replica fort with buckskinned rangers
- Cape Disappointment State Park visitors center an excellent interpretive center dedicated to the Lewis and Clark journey, on top of Cape Disappointment with a spectacular view of the Columbia River entrance