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Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak

Portland Metro Area, Washington

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Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak

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  • Lower Lewis River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • Lower Lewis River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • Lower Lewis River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • Lower Lewis River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • View looking south at the confluence of the Lewis and Columbia Rivers.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • Sunset on Squaw Island, looking across the Columbia River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
  • Dawn over Mount St. Helens (8,366'), looking across the Columbia River.- Lewis River + Squaw Island Canoe/Kayak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Watching the ships on Columbia. Beaches.
Cons: 
Small swells from passing boats.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Just north of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and only 3.5 miles from the Columbia River, the Lewis River and East Fork Lewis River converge into what becomes the main stem of the Lewis River.  This broad body of water is a relaxing paddle, but the highlight is certainly the secluded beaches that face the Columbia River.  To reach Squaw Island (private property), paddle 1.8 miles west and plenty of options will unfold.  If it is late spring or early summer and waters are high, explore Gee Creek, which opens up after 1.9 miles into the gorgeous, wildlife-rich, oak and camas-lined Lancaster Lake.  If you have a kayak and feel comfortable in open water, head 0.5 miles across the Columbia to Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the very northern point of Sauvie Island.  If the aforementioned beaches are your focus, paddle an additional 0.3 miles south of Squaw Island (where Lake River meets up with the Columbia) to a big, open, sun-drenched beach.

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