Columbia River: Stevenson to Drano Lake

Sea kayak downwind through this section of the scenic Columbia River gorge, typically experiencing high winds and good downwind surfing opportunities.

on the water

This is a challenging paddle through a very scenic portion of the Columbia River gorge.  Wind speeds are usually in the 15-25 kt range with higher gusts.  As the wind is against the current of the river, wind waves can get up to 3-4 feet in sections, creating challenging conditions and lots of opportunities for surfing.  

  • Suitable Activities: Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV, Sea Kayak V
  • Length: 13.0 nm
  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S
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