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07-24-2014 12:31 AM
John_Rog
Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

You're in the South Puget Sound and you want to cruising on the Columbia?

I'm down on the Columbia and want to sail up there! (although the wind is much better on the Columbia)
07-22-2014 02:13 PM
Unkle Toad
Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

Holy Revival threads batman. .. I can not help you with any specifics but you will be going against a noticeable current the whole way my times on the columbia near portland we never make more then about 3-4 knots headway going up river so call it maybe 40 miles a day. its about 350 miles by road not that much different on the water so I would say at least 10 days. we can get some pretty good wind and rain storms in november around here so you might get to a point where you want to stop for a few days. and there are not a lot of places to stop so good planning is a must.

that being said I have been thinking about that trip my self maybe next season but not that late in the year.
07-22-2014 12:45 PM
John_Rog
Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

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Originally Posted by Garymass01 View Post
Hi there

Please can someone help with a bit of information that I nead. How long + or - would the trip take to sail from Hood River to Lewiston, Idaho, with good weather permitting in early November. And would there be any restrictions during that time of the year.

Thank you
I haven't sailed up that far, but I'm chiming in just to say that I wouldn't count on good weather in November! September & October would be better bets if you could swing it.
05-26-2014 12:35 PM
Garymass01
Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

Hi there

Please can someone help with a bit of information that I nead. How long + or - would the trip take to sail from Hood River to Lewiston, Idaho, with good weather permitting in early November. And would there be any restrictions during that time of the year.

Thank you
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07-17-2009 02:18 PM
casioqv I grew up boating on the Columbia and Willamette river. I don't reccomend going further south than Oregon City on the Willamette river unless you have a very shallow draft boat with a powerful motor. There's locks over the Willamette falls, but the river is really shallow and narrow above them.

The Columbia you can take all the way to Idaho and beyond! Just make sure you get a good set of charts- and stay really far from sand bars. There's a lot of sand bars in the Columbia and they move rapidly- you can easily go aground on one that has moved considerably from it's previous location. There's also a lot of logs floating down the river, which can do a lot of damage to your boat if you're not extremely watchful. And then there's the commercial barge traffic- never cross the bow of a moving barge.

The Columbia bar at the mouth is infamous as one of the most dangerous places in the world- a lot of boats are lost there. That said, I've crossed it a bunch of times in really small boats on nice days. Just watch the weather and don't attempt a crossing unless it's extremely calm.

The Columbia is a really beautiful amazing place to boat, but it can be challenging.
07-16-2009 01:01 AM
Boasun you can always sail up (down?) the Willamette River from the Columbia. The two rivers meet on the North side of Portland, Oregon South of Vancuver Washington. The Columbia splits these two cities.
Note: the Willamette is a North flowing river that Combines with the Columbia at the Oregon/Washington border.
07-15-2009 06:41 AM
docrn Hah! It's great to see others that have learned to sail on the Columbia too! I spent almost all my free time sailing the Columbia with my dad when I was a kid and still sail it frequently out of Cascade Locks. I have only sailed the areas between Astoria and The Dalles but would like to take a trip up to the bridge (somewhere along the Oregon Idaho border?).

Like someone said before the currents below the dams and wind conditions in the Gorge can be a bit tricky but the Columbia River Gorge is truly a sight to behold. Surprisingly the sailing can get intense. I have seen quite possibly 5-6ft swells and 40+ knot winds sailing wing/wing up to Hood River. The trip back into the wind was brutal. Motor running and comming out of the water, 2 reefs in the main and the headsail reefed way in. The waves were only about a boat length from crest to crest so we were pounded pretty hard.

It is a neat river to explore really. My only problem is I want to go somewhere other than just East or West on the same section of river I have been sailing for 23yrs! If you do decide to take a trip on the Columbia (especially the Gorge) I am sure you will enjoy it.
03-31-2009 09:07 PM
DwayneSpeer Having made the trip from the Tri-Cities to the coast and back several times I too can vouch for the definate possibilities of getting into some really rough water. Last June I was going down river, on my way ultimately to circumnavigate Vancouver Island and was held up for four days at Cascade Locks waiting for the wind to subside. The waves get very steep. I've buried the bow of my 37 several times and had green water all the way back to the dodger before it ran off of the deck. However with that said some of the best river cruising grounds in the world, IMHO are on the Columbia below Portland. It's another world altogether from that found above Portland. The little ports are quaint and sleepy all the way to Astoria and the town of Ilwaco just has to be experienced.
Going up river past Portland also affords one with a lot of unique experiences but you must have enough engine power to push past the fast currents just below the dams, especially Bonneville Dam, or you just won't make it. Once past The Dalles dam the scenery turns far more desert like but there are still sites to be seen including a large herd of big horn sheep that hang out above John Day dam.
The Snake river is navigable all the way to Idaho as long as your mast isn't too high. 50 feet is just about the maximum you can pass safely but the desert climate is worth the trip.
If you come up, stop in and say hello to us at the Walla Walla Yacht Club at river mile 312 in the Wallula Gap. There is someone home almost all the time and the guest dock is always open.
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