Trip Reports -
Places We've Been
Here are trips we've taken; descriptions include launch points, routes, distances, and lots of photos. Not just local,
but the Lower Columbia and San Juan trips are also described. Enjoy!
Note: More Trip Reports will be added - keep checking back. Caution - Some of the files are large.
Hanford Reach Trip Report
Palouse River Trip Report
Ringold to Richland (Columbia River) Trip Report
Sand and Blalock Islands (off Paterson) Trip Report
Scappoose Bay (Lower Columbia) Trip Report
Grays River (Lower Columbia) Trip Report
Welch Island (Lower Columbia) Trip Report
Skamokawa Cliffs (Lower Columbia) Trip Report
San Juans - Lopes Island, Sept. 2008 Trip Report
Around the Tri-Cities
There are many locations one can put a kayak in the water
near Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. North Richland launches
are great for paddling upriver and around the many islands
that make up McNary Wildlife Refuge. There are often populated
heron rookeries on some of these, plus lots of other birdlife
To paddle around the Yakima Delta, launch on either the east
(Marina side) or west of Bateman Island. The delta is an area
of islands, channels and wildlife – dear, beaver, herons,
hawk and many more can be seen here. The east launch gives
access to the west side of Bateman, or you can go up the Yakima
into the Chamna area.
Other nearby areas to explore are off any of the riverfront
parks, Clover Island, and Yakima River.
The following is a list of launch sites:
Bateman Island: Launch west of Bateman Island for easy
access to Yakima Delta; launch east at Marina to go around
Bateman into Delta, up or down the Columbia.
Leslie Groves: Launch just south of beach area; north
or south are good access to Nelson, Gull, and many more
Saint Street Dock: Go upriver to go around islands.
WSU-Tri Cities – Off 1st Street & Waterfront
– Twin Bridges, Van Giesen St.
Put-Ins (Easy Day Trips):
Wildlife Refuge – Off Hwy 12
Walla Walla River Delta
Snake – Charbonneau Rec Area, Levey Park
Umatilla Wildlife Refuge