Nearby Natural and Historical Attractions
1) Fishing opportunities
There are many great possibilities for fishing in the vicinity of the FLOW workshop. Put some time in your schedule either before or after the meeting to get a line in the water in one of our rivers (Oregon or Washington-your choice!) or on the ocean. Here are a few possibilities:
- Spring Chinook in the Columbia and Willamette River – whether an OR or WA license depends on where you launch/board.
- Steelhead in the Clackamas and Sandy (OR)
- Steelhead and spring Chinook in the Kalama and Wind (WA) – catch-and-release for wild steelhead, hatchery steelhead may be kept – road and foot access – check regulations to avoid closed areas.
- Deschutes River (OR), famous fly fishing, resident and anadromous, 2+ hours away.
- Ocean fishing charters for salmon or bottom fish (2 hours away, Warrenton or Astoria or Ilwaco) – check seasons for different species (including Pacific halibut and lingcod).
- White sturgeon: Catch-and-release only in the lower Columbia and tributaries. Fishery is open in these waters during an open gamefish and/or salmon season unless specifically noted within special rules. This rule is designed to address declines in the lower Columbia River white sturgeon population. Retention is allowed in some upper reaches, with minimum legal size depending on reach.
- American shad: Abundant run of introduced American shad in the spring on the Columbia (No limits).
How to obtain a license:
|Regulations||Click here to see the regulations.||Click here to see the regulations. Wild salmon and steelhead (without clipped adipose fins) must be released in most rivers, see specific rivers|
|License||1-day license (with Columbia Basin endorsement) is $17.75 and 2-day is $33.50. You can purchase from a guide or online here or at these other locations.||1-day non-resident license is $20.15, 2-day is $28.95, and 3-day is $35.55. Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement is $8.75 per season – see map here for areas where this is required. Licenses include Vehicle Access Permit allowing parking on WDFW access areas.
Online licenses can be purchased here, at local dealers, or by telephone (866-246-9453). Online or phone purchase may take 7-10 business days to receive the license in the mail.
Along with a license, you will receive “punchcard” to record your catch.
2) Columbia River Gorge Loop (Oregon & Washington)
The area extends from wet conifer forest with snow-capped Mt Hood visible from some places (where not hidden by closer mountains and cliffs) to arid shrub-steppe at the east end of the Gorge. The Gorge can be toured as a loop. Directions assume a clockwise loop from Portland, first crossing the Columbia River on I-5, then proceeding east on Washington State Hwy 14. The return to Portland would be along I-84, although the slow, scenic Highway 30 parallels it. The Gorge Trip App (Ticklecreek Design) can be purchased for your smartphone in iTunes and GooglePlay:
Stop 1: Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Washington)
The Refuge, at the east end of Washougal, is the gateway into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (http://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa) about 16 miles east of I-5.
Stop 2: Cape Horn (Washington)
Cape Horn is a cliff-hanger part of Hwy 14 with a viewpoint overlooking the western part of the Gorge. There are also hiking trails with well-marked trailheads, as well as a few smaller lakes and wetlands, some with trails or boardwalks. Beacon Rock State Park is near the east end of this section, about 20 miles east of Washougal (36 miles east of I-5) and has a trail to climb this volcanic spire overlooking the Columbia River and western Gorge. Some talus slopes in the Gorge support endemic Larch Mountain salamanders.
Stop 3: Bonneville Dam (Washington)
The dam, just east of Cape Horn, is best toured from the Oregon side, but fish ladder viewing window on the Washington side and 1855 Fort Cascades is also nearby. This area (downstream from dam) is the site of interesting research on habitat segregation between Chinook salmon and nearly extinct but recovering Columbia stock of chum salmon – upwelling versus downwelling determines who spawns where. Invasive American shad run in the spring and attract anglers below the dam. Some shad anglers make the mistake of putting their shad on a stringer and hanging the stringer in the water, but the anglers do not stand a chance in a tug-of-war with a 10 foot white sturgeon, which patrol the bank!
Stop 4: Bridge of the Gods (Washington/Oregon)
Bridge of the Gods, 41 miles east of I-5, is an old highway bridge, is the location of a mythic or perhaps just prehistoric rock arch across the Columbia. This is the first opportunity (*toll bridge*) to cross the Columbia back to Oregon at Cascade Locks.
Stop 5: Cook (Washington)
Cook, WA, about 15 miles east of Bridge of the Gods (56 mi east of I-5), is home to a USGS research lab that conducts considerable research on salmon and stream ecology in the Columbia Gorge. The road going north through Willard goes through Big Lava Bed, a bizarre lava landscape (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lava_Bed).
Stop 6: White Salmon and Bingen (Washington)
White Salmon and Bingen (66 miles E of I-5) are where the White Salmon River, which until recently was dammed by Condit Dam (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/cwp/condit.html), flows into the Columbia. The former dam site is a few (~5) miles up State Hwy 141. Farther up 141 at Husum and BZ Corners are basalt canyon with rapids and low falls. Mount Adams (12,276 ft) dominates the upper White Salmon watershed and Mount Hood and other Cascade volcanoes are visible. This is transition to more arid country; Douglas-fir gives way to ponderosa pine and sagebrush. This is the second opportunity (*toll bridge*) to cross the Columbia back to Oregon at Hood River, the wind-surfing center.
Stop 7: Lyle (Washington)
Lyle (78 miles east of I-5) is the mouth of the Klickitat River. The Yakama Nation has a traditional fishery in this area (http://yakamafish-nsn.gov/news/commercial-fishery-klickitat-river), standing on platforms and scooping spring Chinook salmon out of the turbulent cascades. Eight miles upstream from Lyle (86 miles E of I-5) is the third opportunity to cross the Columbia back to Oregon at The Dalles, where The Dalles Dam (http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/TheDalles.aspx) is the second big Columbia River dam.
Stop 8: Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge (Washington)
Highway 97 crosses the Columbia to Biggs, Oregon, 104 miles east of I-5. On the Washington side are the Maryhill Museum (http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/) has some famous artworks. Nearby is the Stonehenge Memorial, a replica of England’s ancient structure. John Day Dam (http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/JohnDay.aspx) is just upstream. The landscape upstream is primarily sagebrush “desert” where annual precipitation is very low. Highway 97 is a good turn-around point.
Stop 9: Deschutes River (Oregon)
The Deschutes River in central Oregon is a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river provides much of the drainage on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in Oregon, gathering many of the tributaries that descend from the drier, eastern flank of the mountains. The Deschutes provided an important route to and from the Columbia for Native Americans for thousands of years, and then in the 19th century for pioneers on the Oregon Trail. The river flows mostly through rugged and arid country, and its valley provides a cultural heart for central Oregon. Today the river supplies water for irrigation and is popular in the summer for whitewater rafting and fishing.
The river is world renowned for its fly-fishing. It is home to Columbia River redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri) known locally as “redsides”. The redsides grow larger than most and have a distinct darker red stripe than most wild rainbow trout. Fly fishermen come from around the world in the last two weeks in May through the first two weeks in June to take advantage of the hatching stoneflies, both salmonflies and golden stoneflies (Hesperoperla pacifica). These insects are in the river year-round; however, their large adults are a major food source for the fish: artificial weighted stonefly nymph patterned tied flies are a staple for Deschutes anglers year round.
Stop 10: Celilo Village/Celilo Falls (Oregon)
Celilo Village is an unincorporated Native American community on the Columbia River. It is near Lake Celilo, the former site of Celilo Falls (http://www.critfc.org/salmon-culture/tribal-salmon-culture/celilo-falls/). Celilo Falls (Wyam, meaning “echo of falling water” or “sound of water upon the rocks,” in several native languages) was a tribal fishing area on the Columbia River. The name refers to a series of cascades and waterfalls on the river, as well as to the native settlements and trading villages that existed there in various configurations for 15,000 years. Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent until 1957, when the falls and nearby settlements were submerged by the construction of The Dalles Dam. While the historic fishing site at Celilo Falls is gone, there is an “in lieu” fishing site provided by the Army Corps of Engineers that provides access for tribal members to the river. Most tribal fishing is done currently with gillnets or from platforms built along the river.
Stop 11: Hood River (Oregon)
Located at the panoramic crossroads of the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountain Range, Hood River Valley’s 15,000 acres of orchards produce approximately 45 percent of the nation’s winter pear crop. Menus at local restaurants are dotted with homegrown specialties. A great vacation awaits the adrenaline junkie (Hood River is often called the Wind Surfing Capitol of the World), foodie, wine aficionado, trekker, historian and everyone in between, just a short drive from Portland.
Stop 12: Cascade Locks (Oregon)
Sitting 20 miles west of Hood River on the banks of the Columbia River, Cascade Locks is a destination for sailing and boating enthusiasts. The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, the only provider of narrated day cruises on the mighty river, pushes off from Cascade Locks daily (May – October) and offers brunch and dinner cruises on weekends and holidays. For an interpretive history of the region’s people, Lewis & Clark and the development of the river corridor, visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and Museum, located across the Bridge of the Gods from Cascade Locks.
The city took its name from a set of locks built to improve navigation past the Cascades Rapids of the Columbia River. The U.S. federal government approved the plan for the locks in 1875, construction began in 1878, and the locks were completed on November 5, 1896. The locks were subsequently submerged in 1938, replaced by Bonneville Lock and Dam, although the city lost no land from the expansion of Lake Bonneville behind the dam located some 4 miles (6.4 km) downstream of the city.
Stop 13: Bonneville Fish Hatchery (Oregon)
The Bonneville Dam sturgeon pond (exit 40, roughly 40 miles east of Portland, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/bonneville_hatchery_more.asp) is a must-see. Herman the sturgeon loves visitors! The adjacent dam has viewing windows in the fish ladder on the Oregon side as well as the Washington side.
Stop 14: Columbia River Highway and Waterfalls (Oregon)
Downstream from Bonneville Dam is a spectacular array of waterfalls on the Oregon side. Multnomah Falls and its lodge are accessed easily from an I-84 rest area (exit 31). Other falls and gorges are better accessed from Highway 30, reached at exits 22 and 35. Oneonta Gorge is stunning, with a waterfall at the upper end, a moderate but beautiful hike up from Hwy 30. Rooster Rock and Benson Lake State Parks are accessible from I-84. The Vista House and Crown Point overlook is a high point on Hwy 30, as is the Portland Women’s Forum Overlook to the west.
Stop 15: Sandy River Delta and the Confluence Project (Oregon)
The Sandy River Delta is located near Troutdale at the confluence of the Sandy River and the Columbia River. The “Delta” recreational site is east of the main stem of the Sandy River, north of the I-84 freeway, and bounded to the north by the Columbia River. Also known as “1,000 Acres,” it is large enough for a good multi-hour outing only 20 minutes from downtown Portland.
The Delta is a mixed use/multi-user accessible area and is part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area administered by the US Forest Service. The Friends of the Sandy River Delta has worked closely with the Forest Service to help manage the area for its mixed user base, to promote consideration between users, and to promote responsible use by all users.
3) Other Oregon Attractions
Mount Hood (11,215 ft) Scenic Byway and Timberline Lodge
Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. This beautiful 55,000 square foot National Historic Landmark is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. – See more at: http://www.timberlinelodge.com/plan-your-visit/#sthash.abbFPBEA.dpuf
Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
79878 Hwy. 202
Seaside, OR 97138
The wildlife area provides food and habitat for wintering Roosevelt elk and other native wildlife species. On most winter days, visitors can see up to 200 elk feeding and resting in the meadows. Additional elk that use the meadows along Beneke Creek can be seen from the road. ODFW provides the wintering elk with food through supplemental feeding programs, which the public can view December through February each year.
Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Fort Clatsop was the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. The visitor center includes a replica of Fort Clatsop similar to the one built by the explorers, an interpretive center offering an exhibit hall, gift shop and two films. The center features ranger-led programs, costumed rangers in the fort and trailheads for the Fort to Sea Trail and Netul River Trail as well as restrooms and a picnic area.
Miles of kayaking trails, crashing waves, crabbing, whale watching and award-winning brews await you at the Oregon Coast this winter. Take the journey down the 363-mile stretch of The People’s Coast, where your wintercation can include quiet beaches, outdoor adventures, and cozy retreats. April is the end of grey whale migrations. Watch for spouts from vantage points along HWY 101.
Silver Falls State Park
People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities, and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than ½ an hour east of the state capital of Salem, Oregon, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular. Where else can you walk behind a waterfall? Check out the famous South Falls and see what a 177-foot curtain of water looks like from behind. It’s part of the Trail of Ten Falls, a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape. The trail passes a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. This nearly 9-mile loop is considered a moderate hike, with an overall elevation change of 800 feet. Several connecting trails with separate access points make shorter routes.
4) Other Washington Attractions
Fort Vancouver National Historical Site – Hudson Bay Company headquarters for northwestern North America in the first half of the 19th century. Later General Ulysses S. Grant was stationed here before his Civil War and presidential prominence. From FLOW 2015 conference site, cross the Columbia River on Interstate 5 (I-5) bridge, take exit to Washington State Highway 14 eastbound, take left (N) onto Grand Avenue (about 1 mile), then left (W) on Evergreen Blvd.
Also in Vancouver – of interest to field fish biologists – Smith Root, a leading manufacturer of electrofishing equipment at 14014 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver – Take I-5 bridge across Columbia River into Washington and continue N to Exit 7, then turn right (E) onto NE 134th Street, which becomes NE Salmon Creek Ave, and proceed 0.6 mile (includes passing under Interstate 205) and building is on left.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – along Columbia River 14 miles north on I-5 from state line to exit 14, then 3 miles west to refuge. Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/) has riparian forest and side channels as well as oak and coniferous uplands and many waterfowl and other wildlife.
Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/julia_butler_hansen/) is habitat for the Columbian white-tailed deer (Endangered) as well as Roosevelt elk (common) and protects Columbia River riparian and side-channel habitat. Take I-5 north 36 miles to exit 36, follow Washington State Highway 4 west through Kelso, Longview, and Cathlamet (29 miles on Hwy 4) to the refuge just past Cathlamet. Some sturgeon anglers fish from the roadside.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens) – Best views into the volcano are from the north at Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center and Johnston Ridge Observatory. Take I-5 north to exit 49 at Castle Rock, then travel east 52 miles on State Hwy 504 to the end. The road parallels the Toutle River, with numerous overlooks over the Toutle River valley, which carried vast quantities of volcanic material down to the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers. The overlooks are good locations to watch Roosevelt elk herds in the valley.
Columbia River Highway/Gorge:
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5) Things to See and Do in Portland and Beyond
2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale, OR 97060
Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, live entertainment and more.
Encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Edgefield is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport.
With more than 600 tiny kitchens and counting, Portland’s food-cart scene is legendary. The flavorful proliferation has drawn raves from Bon Appétit magazine and CNN (which declared Portland home to the world’s best street food). Unlike other cities’ mobile food trucks, most Portland carts stay put in groups dubbed “pods,” making it a snap to sample several at a time. You will also find smaller groups and individual carts scattered around the city; Pioneer Courthouse Square features several carts.
Salt and Straw
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St. (between 10th and 11th Ave.)
Portland, OR 97209
Portland is home to 58 breweries and counting — more than any other city on earth. Since the early 1980s, Portland brewers have been hard at work, pioneering the craft beer movement with fresh ingredients like Willamette Valley hops and barley and Bull Run water. Along with bustling brewpubs and a calendar overflowing with beer-themed events, their innovative, tasty brews help the city to continually earn its “Beervana” nickname.
Oregon’s Washington County Wine Country, just a stone’s throw from Portland, is a great place to celebrate the seasons. This little spot at the gateway to the Willamette Valley is home to 32 wineries ranging from boutique newcomers to long-standing pioneers.
Portland Saturday Market (Saturday and Sunday)
Portland Saturday Market is celebrating its 41st year in the historic Old Town/ Chinatown neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The weekly market features 252 booths showcasing a variety of arts & crafts sold by local Pacific Northwest artisans.
At 5,157 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States. With more than 80 miles of soft-surface trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits.
Founded in 1892, the Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country. Our mission is grounded in the belief that the visual arts are an integral part of our lives, serving as an essential tool to educate young and old about our past, present, and future. With more than 42,000 works of art, 121,000 square feet of galleries, and the Northwest Film Center, the Museum provides a comprehensive opportunity to view some of man’s greatest creative achievements.