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Crossing the Columbia River Bar
You wanted tips to crossing the Bar. Predominant winds and seas in winter are from the southwest with a lesser period from the west and north. Strong ebb tides and normal river current tend to heap seas on the bar making them very steep. Best time to cross the bar year round is on the flood tide. You can also go to the Columbia River Bar Pilots web site which has a great many beneficial links to weather. If you see a yellow or red bar status, stay away.