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Scappoose Bay

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- Scappoose Bay
  • An icy Scappoose Bay in winter.- Scappoose Bay
  • Rentals are available if you don't have your own boat.- Scappoose Bay
  • Scappoose Bay moorage.- Scappoose Bay
  • Kayaking on Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and swans (Cygnus).- Scappoose Bay
  • Scappoose Bay inlet.- Scappoose Bay
  • Winter ice on Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • An icy inlet in Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • An icy inlet in Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- Scappoose Bay
  •  A solitary cottonwood becomes a beaver project on Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae).- Scappoose Bay
  • Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- Scappoose Bay
  • Winter ice on Scappoose Bay.- Scappoose Bay
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife viewing. Proximity to Portland. Variety of routes.
Cons: 
Tides.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Other
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Just 30 minutes north of downtown Portland, Scappoose Bay offers an incredible opportunity to explore a myriad of inlets, wetlands, and waterways via kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. The 85,000 acre area acts as a refuge for a diverse range of migratory birds, fish and wildlife. Scappoose Bay is unique because it is a tidally influenced freshwater estuary. If you are a birder, you’ll have the opportunity to observe osprey, eagles, geese, heron, egrets and swans throughout the wetland. The waters of Scappoose Bay are accessible year around, although there may be ice during cold periods.

With minimal motorized boat traffic, the protected bay is a relaxing and peaceful place to spend a day. Whether you own or plan to rent a kayak or canoe, Scappoose Bay Kayaking offers instructions, routes, and information on conditions. You may find yourself in extremely shallow water during low tides, so check the tidal schedule before you head out. There are numerous channels and routes, including trips to Sauvie Island and Cunningham Slough.

 

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