Grays Bay Full Day Tour (Levels I-II) 


Historic Lewis & Clark Lunch Landing Spot

Great Wildlife Views

Variety of Narrow Deep River and Wide Grays Bay Paddling Locales

In spring, thousands of wintering water birds crowd the shallow waters of Grays Bay: Tundra Swans, large rafts of Cackling Geese, Greater Scaup, Pintail and Wigeon, and three species of loon among many others. Here the Columbia broadens to eight miles across, yet our trip along the forested shoreline of the bay is protected from most winds. This is also one of the best tours for spotting mammals, including Roosevelt elk, river otter and harbor seal. Some of the most riveting entries in the journals of the Lewis & Clark expeditions were written here, before the building of the Columbia jetties blocked the ocean swells that once broke along this shoreline.

Our paddle begins in protected Deep River before winding out to the bay, where we will have our choice of lunch sites based on how far the group wants to go and what they wish to see. March and April the best months to see migrating birds and other wildlife on this route followed by September and October with the fall migration.

Columbia River Kayaking - 957 Steamboat Slough Rd, Suite 1, Skamokawa, WA, United States

Arrive at CRK shop in Skamokawa

Gather gear and kayaks

Caravan to Launch Site

Safety review

Paddle down Deep River and into Grays Bay

Lunch on River Beach

Return to Launch Site

Head Home

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.

Total program 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
957 Steamboat Slough Rd, Suite 1, Skamokawa, WA, United States