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Oregon, Columbia River
Lewis & Clark River Rd public launch
Fort Clatsop's Netul Landing
Astoria Yacht Club
Astoria's East Mooring Basin
John Day Boat Ramp
Aldrich Point
Knappa Docks
Autio's Ramp

Astoria Pool

Oregon, Coast & Lakes
Neacoxie/Sunset Lake
Cullaby Lake and Carnahan Park
Seaside, the Cove
Cannon Beach
Manzanita
Wheeler City Boat Ramp on Nehalem Bay
Tillamook County Boat Ramp on Nehalem River
Nehalem Bay State Park


Washington
Ilwaco/ Cape Disappointment State Park
Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Astoria-Megler Bridge
Skamokawa Center
Cathlamet - Elochoman Marina
Slow Boat Farm (Ginni's place)


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Lewis & Clark River Rd public launch
From Astoria, take Hwy 101 south across Young's Bay. Left at 3rd light, follow signs to Fort Clatsop (left at T, right on Fort Clatsop Loop Rd.) Continue 3.2 miles past park entrance. Also pass visitor parking. 50ft past the Lewis & Clark Rd bridge (on your left-don't cross it), turn into small gravel parking lot. There are no signs, but you should see a blue truck and a bunch of kayaks.

Facilities: single lane concrete & gravel boat launch (mud at low tides). CRK provides a port-a-pottie-in-a-tent and bushes are available.

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Fort Clatsop's Netul Landing
To ease road congestion, Fort Clatsop encourages visitors to take the Explorer Shuttle during the summer. It stops at most area hotels and campgrounds and ties into the local bus system, and the train from Portland via the Astoria trolley. For more info visit the Explorer Shuttle http://ridethebus.org

Leave plenty of time to make any transfers. From the bus depot, walk a few hundred yards along the river to the actual boat launch.

From Hwy 101 in Warrenton, OR, follow signs to Fort Clatsop Visitor Parking. This is also the Netul Landing.

Facilities: restrooms

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Astoria Yacht Club
Located at the SE corner of the Old Young's Bay Bridge, the Yacht Club is a funny name. It consists of mooring for a commercial gillnet fleet around salmon net pen docks, an old green building, picnic shelters and tables, and an outhouse. The boat ramp and dock are atrophying into oneness with nature. At low tide, the launch area is a marvelous mudcsape. But it serves our purposes just fine. It is somewhat difficult to locate, so slow down as you approach the bridge.

From Hwy 101 south, 30 west, Astoria or WA. At the roundabout before the main Young's Bay Bridge, take the 202 towards the fairgrounds. Continue, paralleling Young's Bay. When the road bends, do NOT veer right towards the Old Young's Bay Bridge, but go left/straight on 202 towards Vernonia (watch for traffic). Turn right at your next opportunity (5th St, opposite the Bayview Baptist Church). Turn left at the small green "Yacht Club" sign. Proceed straight after stop sign, around green building. Welcome. From Miles Crossing & Old Hwy 101, cross the Old Young's Bay Bridge. SLOW DOWN. Veer right at the end of the bridge, make IMMEDIATE right, marked only on left with small green "Yacht Club" sign. (Olney Ave is too far). Proceed straight after stop sign, around green building. Welcome.

Facilities: picnic shelters, tables, and an outhouse
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Aldrich Point
Hwy 30 east out of Astoria. Left on Ziak-Gnat Creek Rd (a couple miles past flashing light at Knappa). Take first right (a 4-way intersection, and you're turning to cross a small bridge. Go to end of road, just past RR tracks. That's it.

Facilities: sometimes porta-pottie, boat ramp
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Knappa Docks
From the west, Hwy 30 east out of Astoria, left at flashing light at Knappa, by the Logger Restaurant. Follow road around the gas station and turn right on Knappa Docks Rd. Straight at stop sign. Right over wooden bridge, to end of road. Be careful NOT to drive onto the old dock and into the river. Use riverbank for launching, and please stay off the private docks. Thanks!

Facilities: nothing formal
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Autio's Ramp, Knappa, OR.
From the west, Hwy 30 east out of Astoria, pass flashing light at Knappa, left towards Brownsmead on Ziak-Gnat Creek Rd. Straight through 4-way intersection. About 1 mile past that intersectin, pull off in wide spot on right. We will use the private gravel ramp. Please stay off the boathouses and docks.

From the east, turn right towards Brownsmead (sign on Hwy) on Ziak-Gnat Creek Rd and follow directions above.

Facilities: nothing formal

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Astoria's East Mooring Basin
Hwy 30 west into Astoria. It's on the right about a mile past the Crest Hotel, opposite a baseball field, and just before the Comfort Suites and Safeway. There are no signs, just a parking lot, brick 2-story restroom, and boats in the harbor.

Or from the west, Hwy 30 east out of Astoria, on left just past Safeway and Comfort Suites.

Facilities: Rest room
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John Day Boat Ramp near Astoria
Hwy 30 west towards Astoria, it's on the right abutting the highway about 6 miles past the flashing light at Svensen. Parking fee $3.

Hwy 30 east from Astoria, it's on the left abutting the highway about 4 miles past Safeway. Parking fee $3.

Facilities: Rest room
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Astoria Pool
Hwy 30 west into Astoria, about a mile past Safeway, opposite the Maritime Museum on the left.

Hwy 101 north into Astoria, continue straight on Hwy 30 through town (Hwy 101 turns off to cross Columbia River)....

or Hwy 101 south over bridge into Astoria, turn left on Hwy 30 through town.... A few hundred yards after the one-way grid ends, pool is on right just past cinema.

Facilities: Rest room, shower, hose for cleaning boat. The Astoria pool has open kayak night every first & third Weds of the month. $4.50/person & boat. 503-325-7027

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Neacoxie/Sunset Lake
Nine miles north of Seaside and 8 miles south of Astoria, turn west on Sunset Beach Lane. The turn is marked by sign with flashing yellow light. Continue over bridge, turn right into park before stop sign. Good bakery across street, when open.

Facilities: occasional port-a-pottie, showers at campground across street for $3.
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Cullaby Lake & Carnahan Park
Between Seaside and Astoria, turn east on Cullaby Lake Ln. The parks are well marked along the highway.

For Cullaby Lake, take first right, continue into park. For Carnahan Park, take first left, about a half a mile, cross bridge and enter park. Both parks require a $3.00 parking fee.

Cullaby Lake has rest rooms.
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Seaside, the Cove
From Hwy 101 in Seaside, turn west onto Ave U. Take the first left (just past golf course) and continue to ocean front parking.

Facilities--restrooms. Surfers to watch.

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Cannon Beach
From Hwy 26 toward the coast, turn south on Hwy 101 toward Cannon Beach. Take the first Cannon Beach exit. Turn right at stop sign (there are signs for Ecola Park). Stay straight and do not turn into park entrance. Stop at Les Shirley Park on the left. We'll meet there, dress, then drive up the hill through a residential area, park on the street, and carry the boats down to the beach.

Facilities--restrooms at park, picnic tables. No facilities at beach access.

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Manzanita
From Hwy 26 toward the coast, turn south on Hwy 101. Continue over Neahkanie Mountain. Take the next right after Nature's Market, just before the Texaco gas station. Continue through downtown Manzanita to beach, where the road turns right. Where road makes a jog to the right, turn left to continue following the beach. First pull out on the left. There are no facilities at beach, so find some restrooms in town if you like. There is a grocery store on the main street with a take-out cafe and other good food.

 

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Wheeler City Boat Ramp on Nehalem Bay
From north coast, Hwy 101 south into Wheeler, half a mile south of intersection with Hwy 53. Small parking lot on right next to Sea Shack Restaurant. Cross RR tracks to enter.

From Portland, Hwy 53 west to 101. Turn left (south) and drive half mile into Wheeler. Small parking lot on right next to Sea Shack Restaurant. Cross RR tracks to enter.

Facilities: restroom, restaurants within walking distance
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Tillamook County Boat Ramp on Nehalem River
From points north, Hwy 101 south through Nehalem, cross bridge, first right on Tideland Rd. First left into parking lot.


From Portland, Hwy 53 west to 101. Turn right (north). First left onto Tideland Rd, first left into parking lot.

Facilities: outhouse

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Nehalem Bay State Park
The park is located on the Oregon Coast between the towns of Manzanita and Nehalem. From points north, Hwy 101 south, turn sharp right into Manzanita on Laneda Ave...

From points south, pass through Nehalem, turn left at the yellow blinking light (continuing N on Hwy 101), turn left into Manzanita on Laneda Ave...

Go 0.4 miles Turn LEFT onto 3RD ST N. Go 0.2 miles 3RD ST N becomes S 3RD.ST. In 0.1 miles S 3RD ST becomes LAKEVIEW DR. Continue 0.2 miles Turn LEFT onto NECARNEY BLVD. You're in the vicinity of the state park. Look for the state park shield or name on a sign along the roadway. Once within the park, follow signs to the boat ramp.

From Portland, either take Hwy 53 west to 101. Turn right (north). Or take Hwy 26 west to Hwy 101, turn south.

Facilities: Toilets, campground. Launch fee if not camping. Nehalem Bay State Park link

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Ilwaco/ Cape Disappointment State Park, WA
Hwy 101 North over Astoria-Megler Bridge (crossing the Columbia River into Washington)
Turn left at end of bridge, follow this road along the river through Chinook and into Ilwaco. Straight through traffic light (grocery store on right)
Take first left, wind around Baker Bay, left at T, left 4-way intersection. This brings you to the boat launch.

Turning right at the 4-way intersection would take you to the Cape Disappointment campground and Waikiki Beach, where the rest rooms are open all year.
Going straight at the 4-way intersection would take you to the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center, which is worth a visit.

Facilities--restrooms open summer at boat launch. Parking $5
Camping at the Cape Disappointment campground.

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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, WA

The launch at headquarters is located 13 miles north of Ilwaco, Washington, on Highway 101.

From Interstate 5, take the Longview exit. Take Highway 4 west through Naselle to Highway 101. Proceed south on Highway 101 about 5 miles to refuge headquarters.

From Astoria take Hwy 101 North over Astoria-Megler Bridge (crossing the Columbia River into Washington). Turn right at T after bridge, left at T in Naselle. Proceed south on Highway 101 about 5 miles to refuge headquarters.

Facilities--pit toilets. Willapa NWR link.

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Astoria-Megler Bridge
From Astoria, cross bridge, turn left. U-turn at first opportunity, park on right at last wide spot before bridge (next to road sign for bridge, opposite pilings in water). No facilities except bushes or large rocks.
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Skamokawa Landing
From Portland, I-5 north, Longview exit 36 Follow this 4-lane into town, drop speed to 35, pass several traffic lights, get in left lane to go straight through the last one (by AM/PM). Continue past Lake Sacajawea. Bear left at Y (NW Nichols Rd), turn left at the T onto Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy.

From Seattle, I-5 south, Longview exit 39 Follow signs for Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy .

...Continue about 40 miles into Skamokawa. In Skamokawa, drop speed to 35. Take the first left past the Duck Inn onto Steamboat Slough Rd. In about 300 yards the road bends to the left, and right in front of you at this bend is the Skamokawa Landing building. Pull into the parking lot; our office is on the east facing side of the building, with a sign on the door.

From coast, Hwy 4 east about 30 miles from Naselle. Enter Skamokawa, drop speed to 35, pass Vista Park, cross bridge, first right onto Steamboat Slough Rd. In about 300 yards the road bends to the left, and right in front of you at this bend is the Skamokawa Landing building. Pull into the parking lot; our office is on the east facing side of the building, with a sign on the door.

Facilities: Rest room, paddle center and lodging. General store and post office 300 yards away at the highway.
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Cathlamet - Elochoman Marina
From Portland, I-5 north, Longview exit 36 Follow this 4-lane into town, drop speed to 35, pass several traffic lights, get in left lane to go straight through the last one (by AM/PM) and past Lake Sacajawea. Left at Y (NW Nichols Rd), left at T onto Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy

From Seattle, I-5 south, Longview exit 39 Follow signs for Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy

...continue about 35 miles into Cathlamet. Turn left at bottom of hill past gas stations, onto Main St. First right, at sign to marina. Go straight into marina. Launch fee.

From coast or Skamokawa, east on Hwy 4 six miles past Skamokawa. Climb slight hill that overlooks river and marina. First right at bottom of hill, first right again. Go straight into marina. Launch fee.

Facilities: rest rooms, camping

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Slow Boat Farm, Puget Island, Cathlamet, WA
From Portland, I-5 north, Longview exit 36 Follow this 4-lane into town, drop speed to 35, pass several traffic lights, get in left lane to go straight through the last light (by AM/PM) and past Lake Sacajawea. Left at Y (NW Nichols Rd), left at T onto Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy

From Seattle, I-5 south, Longview exit 39 Follow signs for Hwy 4, Pacific Coast Hwy

...continue about 30 miles into Cathlamet. Pass 2 gas stations and turn left at bottom of hill, onto Main St/409. Follow this through town towards the Ferry. Cross bridge to Puget Island, turn left at stop sign onto East Birnie Slough Rd. Follow this about 2 miles to #422, number on mailbox. See the blue Necky Eskia kayak planted vertically in the grass.

From the Westport ferry in Oregon, turn right onto East Sunny Sands Rd, follow around east tip of island where the road changes names without telling you. #422 is on the left, and shares a driveway with house number 424.

Facilities: rest rooms, camping.
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For directions to other sites, please call 360-849-4016 or email ginnil@columbiariverkayaking.com.
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