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“Incredible guides, amazing kayaking, beautiful river.”

Columbia River Kayaking
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Skamokawa
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Owner description: Columbia River Kayaking provides kayak tours and instruction at all skill levels, with access to two National Wildlife Refuges, the Lewis and Clark trail and the remains of old cannery towns and native village sites. We specialize in historical and natural history tours, and can accommodate large groups of all kinds
Reviewed May 18, 2011

The Skamokawa/Columbia River Kayaking guides were ultra prepared, knowledgeable both about kayaking and local history (both natural and as applied to Lewis and Clark) and about as nice as anyone you've ever met. What an amazing experience they hosted; everything they did was focused on our having the best possible trip. Andrew even reads from the Meriwether Lewis journals when you stop for lunch (usually near or on the very spot spoken of in the entry as read). Truly an incredible experience, and when coupled with a stay at the Inn at Lucky Mud, one of my favorite vacations of all time.

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Reviewed June 20, 2009

Elderhostel trip May 2009, Kayaking on the Columbia River, wildlife, wildflowers and waterfalls.
This was a terrific trip. Our guides Mike Whitaker and Andrew Emlen, with help from Josh were enthusiastic, multitalented, knowledgeable, patient kayaking guides who doubled as evening program presenters, are great story tellers, passionate about caring for their corner of the world and a lot of fun. Previous kayaking experience was not required and those new to kayaking took to it. Our guides figured out our skill level and gave us some challenges without scaring those who had not kayaked before. The guys have over 10 years of experience with Elderhostel groups and they know what they are doing.

We did three day trips exploring the Columbia east and west of our home base of Skamokawa, WA. At this point on the river there is a variety of beautiful scenery, partly due to the multiple islands in the river that is about 3 miles across at this point. One trip took us past the cliffs known as the Lower Gorge with all its profusion of wildflowers and waterfalls. The fourth day was spent at Cape Disappointment State Park at the mouth of the Columbia where we hiked in the rain forest, fittingly in the pouring rain.

The Elderhostel group was divided between two inns, but the whole group always shared dinner and the evening programs together. The Inn at Lucky Mud, comfortable and charming, is in a peaceful and beautiful valley. It is owned and run by a delightful couple, Jessica and Sunrise, who are great cooks and, as a bonus, treated us to live music. One of the things that stand out about this trip is how much time was spent laughing. I credit this to the whole group of hostelers as well as the guides and innkeepers.

Evening presentations were excellent and focused on the history of people in the region and the natural history – native people, settlers and salmon, intertwined lives. The last program featured a two part concert of music (in period dress) consisting of duets for cello and violin from Thomas Jefferson’s collection and then folk music such as might have been played on the Lewis and Clarke expedition on banjo, fiddle, and Jew’s harp. The second part of the concert featured Andrew sporting a hat made out of road kill coyote. Hide tanner, cello player - I did say they were multitalented.

4  Thank MarciaHMaryland
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