Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region



Opportunities abound to get out on the water at the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge. One of the main reasons for getting out on the water, whether in pristine or developed areas, is to get closer to nature. From the cockpit of a kayak or the seat of a canoe, a water-level perspective gets us closer to wildlife and the landscape. Recreating with respect for the landscape, private property, fish and wildlife and cultural resouces is everyone's responsibility.

The Lower Columbia River Water Trail is a 146-mile (235 km), bi-state trail spanning the tidally influenced river waters from the Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. For more information follow this link to: Lower Columbia River Water Trail

The islands of the Columbia River estuary are accessible only by boat. Tidal flows and fluctuations, strong winds and wake from ships in the navigation channel can make boating difficult and sometimes dangerous. Deep channels separate most of the islands at high tide, but tide tables and navigation charts should be consulted to avoid grounding and sandbars (consult http://www.saltwatertides.com). If your boat becomes stuck in the mud, wait for the next high tide to float it free. Launch facilities are located at John Day Point and Aldrich Point in Oregon, and at Skamokawa, Washington.

Pack It In, Pack It Out. Pick up litter -- yours, and what others may have left behind.

Wildlife Observation

For optimal bird watching and photographic opportunities, plan your visit during the fall migration. One secret to spotting more wildlife is to stand still and look quietly around. Movement and noise scares most animals and birds away. Please help us minimize disturbance to plants and wildlife by moving lightly and quietly through the area. Binoculars and field guides can help you identify animals you see.


Public entry on the refuge islands is limited to foot travel only. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), bicycles, motorbikes are prohibited.


Sport fishing is regulated by the State of Oregon. Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for additional information..


Much of the refuge is open to waterfowl hunting in accordance with Oregon and Federal regulations. All other species are protected. Hunters must possess a valid Oregon hunting license, and all waterfowl hunters 14 or older must have a valid Oregon State Waterfowl Validation. Waterfowl hunters 16 or older must possess a signed, valid Federal Duck Stamp. For more information download a Refuge Waterfowl Hunting handout.

Get a refuge hunting map

Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or for additonal information regarding hunting.

Camping and Campfires

The refuge is closed to all camping and burning, including beaches. Nearby campgrounds are located in Skamokawa and Cathlamet, WA and in and near Astoria, OR. Click here for information on Oregon Department of Forestry campgrounds.


Last updated: September 3, 2013