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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.

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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.
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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.

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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)
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Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

So I could sail from the Pacific and turn starboard at the Snake River confluence to sail all the way to Lewiston, Idaho; but how far could I cruise past the Snake up the Columbia River itself (and hopefully back down in one piece)? NOAA has charts for the entire Lewiston journey, but nothing for the Columbia above the Snake for a great distance, then more charts for the upper Columbia in northeastern Washington State to the Canadian border. Does that mean the uncharted stretch is so commonly navigable as to need none, or that I'd have to hire Paul Bunyan to portage for me from Tri-Cities to the upper reaches?
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Re: Portland Oregon Columbia River

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(snip)... 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. And then there's the commercial barge traffic- never cross the bow of a moving barge.
yes yes -and I will add the wing dams....oy vey....the wing dams....
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