Cliffs of Cathlamet/Lower Gorge Full Day Tour (Levels I-II) 


Stunning 100 ft. Basalt Cliff Views

Wildflowers and Waterfalls

Fun Geologic Features

Paddle along the basalt cliffs of the Lower Gorge near Cathlamet, where waterfalls cascade ninety feet into the Columbia. From April through June a multitude of native wildflowers paint the cliffs in blue, yellow, white, red and purple: cliff larkspur, spring-gold, white shooting star, Oregon stonecrop and coast penstemon are a few of the prominent ones. Even the rare endemic gorge daisy, which lives only behind waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, can be found here.

Geology enthusiasts can enjoy the details of these 16.5 million year-old lava flows, including pillow basalts, columnar basalts, and the mold of a tree with the bark pattern still perfectly preserved in the rock. Some of the beaches where we may stop offer pebbles of many different types of rock carried down from as far away as Montana during the ice age Missoula floods.

Weather permitting, we may cross Cathlamet channel on the return trip to make a loop through the homes and farms of Birnie Slough before crossing back to Cathlamet. The Lower Gorge in spring is one of the most scenic and fascinating paddles in the region.

Columbia River Kayaking, LLC - 957 Steamboat Slough Rd #1, Skamokawa, WA 98647, USA

Arrive at CRK shop in Skamokawa

Gather gear and kayaks

Caravan to marina launch site

Safety review

Paddle up river and back

Head home from marina

957 Steamboat Slough Rd, Ste 1

Skamokawa, WA

957 Steamboat Slough Rd, Ste 1

Skamokawa, WA

One quart plastic water bottle (full)
Lunch, snacks
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses with strap
Hat for rain and sun
Non-cotton shirts (2) for layering (wool, pile, polypro, other synthetic)
Non-cotton pants (nylon, wool, spandex, fleece)
Eyeglass strap
Sandals with heel strap or neoprene booties, or any shoes that can get wet
Swimsuit (optional, but makes a quick-drying under-layer)
Change of clothes for the trip home
Gloves for blister protection (optional)
Camera, film, binoculars

The Other Months:
Drysuit if you have one*
More and warmer non-cotton layers
Shatterproof thermos with hot drink
Warm paddling gloves or pogies*
Paddling jacket or rain jacket*
Wetsuit if you have one*
Wool or fleece socks

* CRK has these items available and are included in the price of your class or tour.

Guide, Kayak, Paddle, PFD, Dry Bags, Spray Jacket, Pogies, Wetsuit

Lunch, Snacks, Sun Protection (though we do have things in lost and found you can borrow if you forget yours)

Please arrive 15 minutes to half an hour before your lesson or tour, and allow that it may run over by up to an hour.

LEVEL I: Generally scheduled for mornings or days with little tidal movement, or in protected areas and creeks. No experience necessary!

LEVEL II: May experience light wind (up to 8 kts), small waves (1'), or moderate current (1 kt) during the one-mile open river segment. Capsize and wet exit experience are strongly recommended.

Full fee due at time of registration. Full registration fee is refundable minus 10% processing fee until 14 days before the event. From 14 days to 7 days before the event refund will be half of total, no refunds will be given after 7 days unless your spot fills. If your spot fills, you may have a full refund minus 10% processing fee. Rescheduling is encouraged.

Columbia River Kayaking, LLC
957 Steamboat Slough Rd #1, Skamokawa, WA 98647, USA