Columbia River: Chinook to Ilwaco


Sea Kayak - Columbia River: Chinook to Ilwaco

Explore Cape Disappointment for the day (or the weekend). This activity is a Sunday day trip but I will likely be on the water the day before (Saturday) too, along with my nephew from Oregon, perhaps launching out of Waikiki Beach. Also, there is room for more in our Cape D State Park camping spot already reserved starting Fri eve for 3 nights.

  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 kt

Meet 8am at Ilwaco Boat Launch about a mile due North of Coast Guard station for a  9am departure - due to morning flood and afternoon ebb.

Specifically meet here:

Hopeful Route:  go out Ilwaco channel around S side of Sand Island(s) toward Chinook on the Flood; then return after a break on the inside of Baker Bay --> 

Ambitious Alternative: In the unlikely chance that BOTH the  winds and swell are calm, we may decide to go surfing out of the Cape Disappointment State Park day use area along Fort Canby Park Rd. (Bring wheels). If so, we will decide that together at our meeting time/location, and go there together.

Backup Plan: If winds are too strong to comfortably go on the S side of San Island(s) toward Chinook, we will take the inside route within Baker Bay.

Come Prepared: Know the wind, weather and waves forecast for the day upon arrival. Here's the closest current station for that day:


Note: If I do not know your paddling skills can handle the route, please email me so we can talk before registering.


Columbia River: Chinook to Ilwaco

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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