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Columbia River

Columbia RiverOfficial visitor guide and website to the Columbia River boat rentals and watercraft services at all resorts, marinas, and launch ramps on the water.  The Columbia is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and offers the best in water recreation including houseboating, power boats, duck boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, water sport lessons, tours, and vacation packages.  The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean.  The river is 1,243 miles long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River which makes this destination one of the best for exploring and visiting several states along your way.

The Columbia and its tributaries have been central to the region's culture and economy for thousands of years.  They have been used for transportation since ancient times, linking the many cultural groups of the region.  The river system hosts many species of anadromous fish, which migrate between freshwater habitats and the saline Pacific Ocean and maps of the river will help with navigation. These fish—especially the salmon species—provided the core subsistence for natives; in past centuries, traders from across western North America traveled to the Columbia to trade for fish.  Enjoy all types of water sports like; wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, wakesurfing, wake skating, flyboard, air chair, and SUP's.

Columbia River RentalsSince the late 19th century, public and private sectors have heavily developed the river offering all types of business and recreation along its path.  To aid ship and barge navigation, locks have been built along the lower Columbia and its tributaries, and dredging has opened, maintained, and enlarged shipping channels so it is highly recommended that you are aware of the depth before you visit as it is constantly changing.  Since the early 20th century, dams have been built across the river for the purposes of power generation, navigation, irrigation, and flood control.  Today, a dam-impounded reservoir lies along nearly every mile of the once free-flowing river, and much of the Canadian stretch has been impounded as well.  Please view our watercraft services to see if we can accommodate your vacation to the Columbia river; advance reservation are required.

Servicing all marinas, resorts, launch ramps including; Port of Ilwaco, Hammond Moorage & Launch, Skipanon Marina, Warrenton Mooring Basin, Port of Astoria, West Mooring Basin, East Mooring Basin, Skamokawa Vista Park, Elochoman Slough Marina, Beaver Boat Ramp, Willow Grove, Longview Yacht Club (Private), Coal Creek Boat Launch, Rainer Marina & Boat Launch, Scipio's Goble Landing, Port of Kalama Marina, Sand Island Marine Park, St Helens Marina, 17th St Transient Dock, Babeckos Marina (Private), Bartlett Landing, Big Eddy Marina, Boardman Marina Park, Captain's Moorage, Celilo Park, Chinook Landing, Columbia Way West, Commodore's Cove, Courthouse Docks, Dalton Park, Ducks Moorage, Giles French Park, Government Island Floating, Hammond Marina, Harbor 1 Marina, Hayden Bay Moorage, Irrigon Marina, Jantzen Beach.