The Lower Columbia River has been getting a slow, but sure grip on my imagination lately and I find myself wanting to explore it more and more. A combination of good wind, big water, few boats, fewer yahoos, some interesting, but not too busy towns, and a quiet backwater to explore or spend the night are the components of my ideal cruising grounds. Throw in the challenge of tides and currents as well as close proximity to my house and the Columbia is where you’ll find me.
With the winter coming, the current will rise beyond the abilities of my boat and I’ll be back on “Lake” Willamette. I hope that you’ll ride the tide of excitement and cruise along in spirit with me now, but come out for a real sail next year:
- The latest issue of Small Craft Advisor has a story I penned about sailing up the Columbia from Astoria to Portland. It’s on real paper- get it at store near you.
- Read about my thoughts on river ships.
- Explore the lower islands here.
- Take a journey to Caterpillar Island.