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Lost Lake (By Kayak) (Summer)

Directions: Take I-84 East to Hood River (exit 62) and take a right. Take another right at 13th and follow signs to Odell and Dee. Then follow signs to Lost Lake.

Lost Lake has quickly become one of our favorite places in Oregon. You can’t beat the view of Mt. Hood, the trail around the lake is great and there are lots of spots to relax near the water.

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When we first got our kayak we immediately wanted to take it to Lost Lake and we finally got the chance. There are signs marking where the public boat launch and parking areas are. We ended up not using the boat launch and just got in along the bank nearby. It was a lot faster and less crowded.

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We paddled around most of the lake and then stuck around the areas with the best view of the mountain so we could fish with a view. Motorized boats aren’t allowed on the water which is nice,  you don’t have to worry about a speed boat flying by and potentially soaking you. It’s also a lot quieter without all the motor noise. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and boats at the lodge so there was a good amount of people on the water but it never felt overly crowded or annoying. We didn’t catch any fish, but we did get a lot of relaxing and mountain viewing in!

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If you have extra time take a hike around the lake, the trail is great.

Be sure to stop at the Apple Valley Country Store on your way home, the huckleberry milkshakes are delicious!

Distance: —

Elevation: —

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $8 entrance fee.

Seasons: Late spring to fall.

Popular: Very

Overall: Lost Lake is a great kayak option if you’re looking to have a nice relaxing time with easy paddling.

Columbia River Slough Kayak- Airport Way Launch Site (Spring)

Directions: Take I-84 East to the 181st Street exit. Head north and the road soon turns into Airport Way. Follow Airport Way until you reach the parking area on the left. It’s not a marked parking area and kinda sneaks up on you so be sure to keep an eye out (the cross street is roughly 166th)

From the parking area head down the gravel trail to the metal dock. You can go a couple ways here and we chose to head left toward the headwaters.

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Starting out you will head under an overpass and soon come to the Big 4 Corners (it’s signed). Stay right and continue paddling through the tree lined slough. The slough is relatively deep but full of grass and lily pads. In the beginning you’ll mostly be paddling through wooded areas with the chance to see a lot of Herons and small birds. About a mile in it’ll open up to more grassy areas where there are Osprey and Red-tailed Hawks. We also saw an Egret which was great. Keep your eyes peeled for small turtles as well.

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In the more open areas there are some pretty Wild Iris as well as some other flowers. We paddled out for a little over 2 miles. We turned around when it started to become more and more industrial. You will start to notice more businesses and start seeing the railroad tracks. Turning back here made for a nice 4-4.25 miles outing.

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This is a great option for people who are wanting to see wildlife. There were numerous birds along the slough. It may not be the most scenic but it’s still pretty. Another positive would be that it’s not very busy, we only came across maybe 3 or 4 people.

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Distance: About 4 miles

Elevation: —

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: Convenient location but lacks a little beauty.

Scappoose Bay Kayak (Spring)

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.

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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.

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There is also the Multnomah Channel and access to Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island. As well as access to the Columbia River.

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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.

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Distance: Varies

Elevation: —

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $3 parking fee (pay with bills or card, it ate our coins)

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: This is a great kayak area especially if you’re interested in nature. Easy launch area too which is nice.

Bachelor Slough Kayak

The weather last weekend was perfect so we decided to get out and do a little kayaking.

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We went up to Ridgefield, Washington and kayaked around Bachelor Slough in the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. It was a great spot for birding and just a nice relaxing paddle. We were out on the water for about three hours and managed to see many birds (Cliff Swallow nests are pictured below), as well as other wildlife.

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If you’re looking for a great place to rent kayaks, Ridgefield Kayak is a great option. They were very nice and the kayaks and gear were in great shape. They also do kayak tours and lessons.

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Distance: Varies

Elevation: —

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes on weekends

Overall: Great area for bird watching!

Lost Lake (Spring)

Directions: Take I-84 East to Hood River (exit 62) and take a right. Take another right at 13th and follow signs to Odell and Dee. Then follow signs to Lost Lake.

To start this hike follow the signs for the store/lodge and pass by the boat dock to a parking area. Start at a set of stairs that lead down to a dirt trail. Make sure you take a second to take in some of the great views of Mt. Hood and the lake, it’s one of the best views on the whole hike. We did this hike clockwise so head left and you’ll soon come to a bridge with views of the dock and river.

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Once you’ve passed the the dock you’ll be heading down the East side of the lake. The trail is mostly boardwalk on this side of the lake as you pass through the trees with the lake always visible. There are many short trails that take you to more open areas with better views of the lake, they are definitely worth the extra steps. As you make your way around to the South end of the lake you’ll enter a more marshy area filled with Skunk Cabbage.

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The West side of the lake is a lot more open and the trail is dirt with rocky areas. You get a lot better views of the lake but there isn’t much shoreline to sit and relax. After passing a few slide areas you’ll head back towards the North end and come to more boardwalk. The North side is a little more heavily wooded but it offers the best views of Mt. Hood. There are many side trails that take you down to the edge of the lake and some areas even have picnic tables. We recommend this area for lunch or relaxing. Once you’re ready to head home, just take the stairs back up to your car. All of the trails are very well maintained and easily graded.

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You can rent boats, canoes, paddle boats, and kayaks.  There are also lots of camping sites and cabins. The little store has food and drinks, fishing supplies, and a gift section.

 

Distance: 3.5 miles

Elevation: 25 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $8 entrance fee

Seasons: Late spring to early fall. Call ahead to check for seasonal road closures.

Popular: Yes on weekends

Overall: Great lake hike and you can’t beat the view!

Lucia Falls (Winter)

This is a great addition to Moulton and Yacolt Falls.

Directions: From The Lewisville Highway (in Battleground) take a right onto Rock Creek Road. This road turns into Lucia Falls Road. At the stop sign go straight and the falls will be on the right. It’s well marked. It’s only a mile or two from Moulton and Yacolt Falls.

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Lucia Falls is just a short walk from the parking area. There is a little overlook with a picnic table. This waterfall isn’t the most magnificent but a big draw are all the fish you can see trying to jump up the falls. It’s a unique experience and we highly recommend it!

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This link (IMG_2572-1) will show you a short 15 second video we took of the fish jumping.

Distance: .25 mile

Elevation: 0

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: Not spectacular on it’s own, but worth the stop if you’re in the area.