505 N. Pacific Avenue
Kelso, WA 98626
Phone: (360) 636-4610
Fax: (360) 636-4092
505 N. Pacific Avenue, Kelso, WA, US, 98626
- Phone: (360) 636-4610
- Fax: (360) 636-4092
Apart from renting kayaks and retailing in outdoor apparel, what Scappoose Bay Kayaking excel in is the outdoors. The wetlands is rich in wildlife and home to a variety of migratory birds. A lot of the area comes under protected forest reserves where few venture and the habitat is as virgin. The variety of tours (Wetlands, Cunningham Slough, Eco-Quiet Kayaking, Full Moon Cruises) for all ages, conducted by Scappoose Bay Kayaking give paddlers the opportunity to observe wildlife and marine habitat from up close.
Wildwood Golf Course 72 is open to the public. An on site bar area serves beer only, and a snack cart is also available. The pro shop has clubs for rent at a reasonable rate. Cultivate your skills by taking advantage of the putting green and driving range. A staff pro is also available.
Just outside the city, this 12,000-acre sanctuary offers an example of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Operated by the Fish and Wildlife Department, the island has pathways that are ideal for bicycling. There are more than 250 species of birds in the wetland area. If you are here in the spring, you can even pick your own berries. Do not be afraid to eat a few, there are plenty for you and the birds, too.
Since she blew her top in 1980, Mount St. Helens has been one of the world's most popular tourist attractions. The crowds became even larger when it recently began to spew ash again. Once at the visitor center, you can walk through a replica of the volcano, learn about the mountain's history and pick up directions to Johnson Ridge Observatory where you can peer into the crater.
At the northern-most tip of North Portland, at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, lies this 96-acre park dotted with picnic areas and marked by a looping 40-mile trail. A large natural-sand beach and an isolated location attract many people to Kelley Point Park. It is ideal place to take in Portland's natural skyline, dominated by Mount St. Helens and Mt. Hood, while basking in the summer sun.
Host of more championships than any other course in Oregon, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is a wonderful example of how good golf can be in Oregon. Two courses, one par 71 and one par 72, are laid out in the wooded hills and forest southwest of Portland. The golf club has been host to the U.S. Women's Open Championship. Other big tournaments include the Girls Junior Amateur Championship and the Junior Amateur Championship. Visit the Web site to view course descriptions, get directions, see rates, inquire about memberships, and tournament/outing information. This upscale golf club is an example of golf at its best.
It is hard to believe this forest is so close to the city. With miles and miles of walking paths, Forest Park has room for bicycling, picnics, hiking and more. One of the largest urban forest reserves in the country, it has over 5100 acres (2064 hectares) of space for you to enjoy a wonderful natural experience. Guided tours can be organized, and nature and wildlife enthusiasts will have a gala time observing the mammal and bird species that reside in this lush green haven.
Portland's neighbor to the north, Vancouver is the oldest of the Pacific Northwest cities. Fort Vancouver, originally a fur trading post, is nearly at the center of the city making history the heart of Vancouver, literally. Stop by the official visitors center at the General O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. This town on the Columbia River has a lot to offer from historical and natural attractions to major events.
An environmental preserve, the 213 acres (86 hectares) in this city park include two lakes. The natural areas are primitively developed, leaving the habitat in tact while providing both hiking and cycling trails. The two lakes have divided duties, Smith Lake's water level is maintained for canoeing and fishing while Bybee Lake to the north naturally watches the tide ebb and flow to protect the home of the area's wild residents. There is no fee to use the park.
This outdoor pool offers a retreat from the heat in the bluffs above the Willamette River. Situated among the large old trees and greenery of St. Johns, there's plenty to do nearby before or after a swim. This location has more open swim hours than other pools and can get crowded when it's hot, but there's enough shade and water for all.
Heron Lakes Golf Course offer challenging fun for all skill levels. Created by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II, the beauty of the course rivals the incredible scenery and views as you play. There are plenty of bunkers and water hazards, so bring your patience and plenty of balls. The course was listed as one of the country's top 75 public golf courses by Golf Digest. You can hit off natural turf at the driving range, and there is a pro shop and snack bar.
The sound of the auto races has been roaring through Portland for 70 years, and these days, it's NASCAR stock car races every Friday night. In the beginning of July, there's a Destruction Derby with fireworks. Other fun events include 300-lap Enduro races Memorial Day and Labor Day. The season runs April through September.