Columbia River: Sandy, Martin & Goat Islands


Sea Kayak - Columbia River: Martin & Goat Islands

Winter exploration of the larger islands south of Kalama.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 15.56 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at the south end of Louis Rasmussen Beach Park in Kalama. There is a beach access for cars adjacent to the Ahles Point Cabin. Plan to be on the water by 9:00am.

Launching from the beach at Ahles Point, we will cross the river and head south along the Oregon shore. We'll paddle the slough behind Goat Island and may have a portage at the south end to get back to the Columbia River. From there we'll head back north along the river side of the island and then cross the river to the north end of Martin Island. We will then paddle south in the sloughs behind Martin and Burke Islands. From the south end of Burke Island we will paddle north in the main river back to Ahles Point. When we get back we can have recover with refreshments/food at Ahles Point Cabin.

Expect winter weather conditions - could be cold and blustery. 


Columbia River: Sandy, Martin & Goat Islands

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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