Columbia River Gorge Boat Cruise
The Columbia River Gorge separates Oregon from Washington. During Lewis and Clark’s time, the Gorge was impassable. The explorers and natives that lived in the area had to remove their boats from the water and walk past many of the rapids. Today, because of hydroelectric dams, the water is much more calm.
The best way to explore the Columbia River Gorge is by boat. We took the Sternwheeler from Cascade Locks, Oregon (near Hood River) with Portland Spirit. They offer dinner, sightseeing, and Portland cruises as well.
The best part about it was getting to watch all the kiteboarders! They were flipping and some flying quite a distance. They liked performing their tricks for the boat and were definitely showing off for us. I didn’t mind at all- it looks like so much fun!
Kiteboarding is popular here because it is so windy in the Gorge.
Above the Columbia River is the Bridge of the Gods. The Bridge used to be a land bridge caused by a landslide somewhere between 1100-1450 AD that dammed the Columbia River. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Columbia River is the fastest moving river the United States so it didn’t last. The river broke through causing the Cascade Rapids to form.
Today there is a Bridge of the Gods again, this time man-made. It spans the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington. I had heard of it before because it was the goal point along the Pacific Crest Trail for Cheryl Strayed in the book Wild.
Riding the Sternwheeler under the bridge was fun. Watching the kiteboarders was fun too. Besides those things, the rest of the trip was fairly dull. We saw a trash barge.
And a real teepee used by local Native American fisherman:
That’s all from the Columbia River Gorge Boat Trip. More from Hood River, Oregon coming up next before my Oregon Roadtrip ends in Portland.