Columbia River: Cottonwood Island


Sea Kayak - Columbia River: Cottonwood Island

Winter paddle around Cottonwood Island with a side trip south to Trojan Park.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at Gerhart Gardens Park (first lot) in time to launch by 10am.

Driving directions: from I-5 southbound take exit 36 for WA-432. Keep left to continue on Exit 36B, follow signs for Longview and merge onto WA-432 W. Drive 0.8 miles and take the exit toward Frontage Rd. Drive 0.3 miles and turn left on Freedom Rd. Take the firs right into the parking lot and drive to the end by the river.


Columbia River: Cottonwood Island

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Drysuits required.

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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