Grays Bay tour
$99, full day
approximately 7-9 miles
In March, thousands of wintering water birds crowd the shallow waters of Gray's 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 is truly the time to come here, when wildlife is abundant and people are few.
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