An older man enjoys fishing at the water's edge.

Fishing is available in select refuge ponds and backwaters, and on the Columbia River. Fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon walleye and bass is popular on the Columbia River portion of the refuge. A boat ramp is available on the Patterson Unit. Boats are allowed on most of the Columbia River portions of the refuge and backwaters, but are not allowed on McCormack Slough, except to retrieve birds during the legal hunting season.

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