Columbia River: Chinook to Ilwaco

Island hop in your sea kayak between Ilwaco and Chinook on the north side of the mouth of the Columbia River. Expect strong currents, some swell, and winds on this exposed route.

Launch Points

On the Water

Depending on the tidal currents, launch at Chinook County Park gravel boat ramp and paddle past both Sand Islands to Ilwaco, or the reverse. Near Ilwaco, paddle around Jetty A and explore Cape Disappointment lighthouse and have a break in Deadman's Cove. A little east of the Chinook launch, explore Fort Columbia State Park.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
  • Length: 15.0 nm

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