Columbia River: Deep River Area

Sea kayak from the Deep River boat ramp on the Washington side near the mouth of Columbia River. Paddle west toward the Astoria Bridge and Ilwaco, east toward Skamokawa or across the river toward Astoria. Be aware of wind conditions and extensive sand bars at lower tides.

Launch Points

On the water

Explore this beautiful and little travelled area along the Washington side of the lower Columbia River. Take advantage of the tidal nature of this area to paddle round trip either west or east from the mouth of Deep River. Paddle west to the Astoria Bridge in about 10 nm. Paddle east to Skamokawa in about 13 nm. Paddle south across the river to Tongue Point in about 6.5 nm and then Astoria in a further 4 nm. If conditions are rough, explore the protected Deep River and Grays River from this launch.


  • This area has little wind protection and lots of shallows and sand bars, so the water can get rough with the wind coming up, particularly if the wind is against the tidal current.
  • Length: 15.0 None
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  • Astoria Bridge
  • Harrington Point, Altoona & Skamokawa
  • Tongue Point, Astoria
  • Deep River & Grays River

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