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    I dream skis pacificmariner's Avatar
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    Lower Columbia River ride

    2 of us went on a much anticipated overnight trip. We pulled into the Marina at Hammond Oregon on a foggy drizzly Saturday morning. By the time we got our gear loaded the weather had lifted. We were riding a '99 Seadoo GSX and a far from stock '92 Seadoo GTI known as "the project". Tents, sleeping bags, clothing, tools, snacks, oil, safety equipment, spare parts all stored inside. There is room other than the compartment for stuff but it needs wrapped in plastic since the underdeck area is not watertight. Strapped on the back deck are spare gas cans.

    We left Hammond and ran west to the bar. A ripping outgoing tide, wind, and ocean swells made for a rough ride. At Trestle Bay we turned north for Chinook Washington. The "project" spent half the crossing with it's nose under water diving thru troughs between waves. There was enough water to cross the mudflats heading east past Fort Columbia to Point Ellice and under the north end of the Megler Bridge. After that the water was a bit calmer especially close to shore. Checked out the wreck of the USS Plainview and on to Knappton with it's historic quarantine station. From there we followed the shore around Portuguese point to the remains of an old dock. All that's left of Frankfort. Around Rocky Point and the shore of Grays Bay brought us to Deep River. Followed it up to the community of Deep River, what's left of it. A steamboat stop in it's younger days, and a quiet river run for us. The "project" snarfed up a bunch of weeds in the pump. Vibrated so bad I thought the bearings went out. At least it was an easy fix.

    Back on Grays Bay dodging weeds and mudflats brought us around Harrington Point. Cruised past Altoona, Carlson Landing, Dahlia, and what was probably an old salmon cannery. Not much left of these once important places. After Pillar Rock the shore became cliffs as we moved into the main shipping channel. At Three Tree Point we were surprised by a huge empty car carrier that literally appeared out of nowhere. A long right curve brought us to Skamokawa. It was the first choice for camping but poor docking for travelers like us changed that idea. Interesting place though with a little harbor, and houses on pilings. We took Steamboat Slough and Elochoman Slough to Cathlemet. Fuel dock wouldn't be open for an hour so we cruised to the end of Puget Island and back to the Elochoman Marina for the night. 65 miles and actually only 33 miles from Hammond. Tapped into the spare gas otherwise would have been sucking fumes to get here. Hauling the extra weight isn't free.
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    Re: Lower Columbia River ride

    Sounds like a fun expedition!!
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    Re: Lower Columbia River ride

    Glad to hear you found someone to join you on that trip. Sounds like a good adventure.
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    I dream skis pacificmariner's Avatar
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    Re: Lower Columbia River ride

    The Elochoman Marina is a decent place. Camping, cabins, yurts, showers, electricity, fuel. Pizza and brewery up the street. Reserve early if you want comfort. Bring quarters for the shower. The secret code will get you in the door, but it won't bring on the water. We had a site on the levee. River on one side marina on the other. We were the smallest boat at the dock. Camping on a PWC surprised everyone we talked too, and I was a bit paranoid the "project" would go home with somebody else. No worries. Except for the bullfrogs it's a quiet place. Need a better sleeping pad. The ground is as hard as the rock it's made of. We waited the next morning for the fishing fleet to leave before we started packing. Not as easy to do hunched over a dock as it is on the trailer. A moment of doubt when the magic button gets pushed, and we were gone by7:30.

    A beautiful blue sky morning. Little wind riffles crossing the shipping channel to Clifton Channel but otherwise mirror flat. We followed Clifton Channel west around Aldritch point and the Devils Elbow into Prairie Channel past Blind Slough to Knappa. Knappa Slough to Svenson Island bearing left to Svenson. All this time not another boat on the water. South Channel to the John Day River and a short side trip. From there we rounded Tongue Point. Got a closeup with anchored ships, idled by downtown Astoria and under the south end of the Meglar Bridge. Crossed Youngs bay back to Hammond.

    !00.47 miles. Not so much as a fouled plug. An adventure to remember on a winter evening.
    Last edited by pacificmariner; 08-29-2019 at 01:10 AM.

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    cool trip report and nice writing skills pacificmariner.

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