Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak

Vancouver, Washington

Portland Metro Area, Washington

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Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak


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  • Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) and Sitka willow (Salix sitchensis).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Two juvenile bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Great blue heron (Ardea-herodias).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Lower Salmon Creek looking east.- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Embden geese at Felida Moorage.- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Embden goose.- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Great blue heron (Ardea-herodias).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Great blue heron (Ardea-herodias).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
  • Embden geese and mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).- Lower Salmon Creek Canoe/Kayak
Overview + Weather
Gentle stream. Proximity to Portland. Wildlife.
Shuttling. Few take-outs.
Portland Metro Area, WA
Site characteristics: Water: 
Parking Pass: 
Parking Fee at Take-out Spot (pay at the office)
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
Paddle Description

Paddle Description


Though it is often overlooked, lower Salmon Creek is an excellent half or full day voyage that offers plenty of bird watching opportunities.  We recommend making this a shuttled adventure if you have two cars; it is close to the city and the drop-off and pick-up spots are close to the road.  From the river you’ll notice the plethora of waterfowl and birds of prey including red-winged blackbirds, mallards, numerous great blue herons, bald eagles, osprey and a cluster of Embden geese near the Felida Moorage.  The trip is also perfect for kids because the distance is short, the scenery is never the same and the current is quite slow.  To make this a full day adventure, paddle up river from the Northwest 36th Avenue bridge as far as your heart desires, or continue the paddle down Lake River, past the Felida Moorage and to Vancouver Lake.

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