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 resources 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.

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. 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.

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