Visitor Activities

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Lewis and Clark Islands can be viewed and accessed only by boat. There are several public boat ramps to access the refuge waters.

  • Boating

    Opportunities abound to get out on the water at the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge. One of the main reasons for getting out on the water, whether in pristine or developed areas, is to get closer to nature. From the cockpit of a kayak or the seat of a canoe, a water-level perspective gets us closer to wildlife and the landscape. Recreating with respect for the landscape, private property, fish and wildlife and cultural resouces is everyone's responsibility.

    The Lower Columbia River Water Trail is a 146-mile (235 km), bi-state trail spanning the tidally influenced river waters from the Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. For more information follow this link to: Lower Columbia River Water Trail

    The islands of the Columbia River estuary are accessible only by boat. Tidal flows and fluctuations, strong winds and wake from ships in the navigation channel can make boating difficult and sometimes dangerous. Deep channels separate most of the islands at high tide, but tide tables and navigation charts should be consulted to avoid grounding and sandbars (consult If your boat becomes stuck in the mud, wait for the next high tide to float it free. Launch facilities are located at John Day Point and Aldrich Point in Oregon, and at Skamokawa, Washington.

    Pack It In, Pack It Out. Pick up litter -- yours, and what others may have left behind.

  • Hunting

    Much of the refuge is open to waterfowl hunting in accordance with Oregon and Federal regulations. All other species are protected. Hunters must possess a valid Oregon hunting license, and all waterfowl hunters 14 or older must have a valid Oregon State Waterfowl Validation. Waterfowl hunters 16 or older must possess a signed, valid Federal Duck Stamp. 

    For more information download a 2021-2022 Lewis & Clark Hunting Brochure

    Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or for additional information regarding hunting.

  • Fishing

    Sport fishing is regulated by the State of Oregon. Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for additional information.

  • Hiking

    Public entry on the refuge islands is limited to foot travel only. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), bicycles, motorbikes are prohibited.

  • Wildlife Observation and Photography

    For optimal bird watching and photographic opportunities, plan your visit during the fall migration. One secret to spotting more wildlife is to stand still and look quietly around. Movement and noise scares most animals and birds away. Please help us minimize disturbance to plants and wildlife by moving lightly and quietly through the area. Binoculars and field guides can help you identify animals you see.