For our first adventure in our new kayak we decided to try out Scappoose Bay. It has many different areas to explore and we definitely didn’t get to it all in one day.
Directions: Take Highway 30 through the town of Scappoose. Take a right onto Bennett Road and cross the tracks. After crossing the tracks take a left on Old Portland Road. Follow this road until you see signs for Scappoose Bay Marine Park on your right.
You can paddle around the bay and see the cows and geese that are all along the shore. There are lots of sloughs and little inlets to explore that are very calm and easy to paddle. Some of these can have very low water levels though.
There is also the Multnomah Channel and access to Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island. As well as access to the Columbia River.
We mostly hung around the bay and went down a few sloughs. The bay is full of different types of birds including many Herons and Eagles. We also saw turtles and a good amount of fish. The water was very calm making for a nice relaxing four hours out on the water to birdwatch.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $3 parking fee (pay with bills or card, it ate our coins)
Overall: This is a great kayak area especially if you’re interested in nature. Easy launch area too which is nice.