WASHINGTON STATE AREA INFO: Columbia River Is The Center Of Attention

Posted by Matthew Lahti on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 8:20pm

When you think of WASHINGTON STATE AREA INFO, most people think of Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. Helens, or Puget Sound. But as beautiful and exciting as those places are, it is the Columbia River that is both a workhorse and a recreational center of the state.

The Columbia River is the longest river in the Pacific Northwest and the 4th longest river in the United States. It criss-crosses the state of Washington for 745 miles. From it's beginning in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, it winds its way north, south, east and finally west where it forms 309 miles of the border between Washington and Oregon.  

Tamed by 14 hydroelectric dams, the Columbia provides much of the electric power that drives the economies of Washington and Oregon. Over the years, between dredging and the addition of locks along the way, the river has managed to retain its beauty along with its usefulness.

It's been a transport route for centuries.  Early fur traders and native fishermen used the river for sustenance as well as travel.  The salmon making their way back upstream from the Pacific Ocean provided food for native communities and currency for barter with the traders. Steamboats, for both human travel and cargo, plied the waters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today pleasure craft as well as hard working fishing vessels make their way up and down the Columbia.

For the counties of Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark, and their delightful small towns and cities, the Columbia River is the center of their recreational activities.  The river offers exceptional boating of all kinds from large crafts to kayaks.  Dotted by small islands, the river offers picturesque travels and small harbors for the weekend boater. You'll also find world-class fishing on the Columbia. 

The scenic Columbia River Gorge, farther to the east, offers a combination of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and sight-seeing.  The Gorge runs about 80 miles along the border with Oregon and is up to 4000 feet deep. Cruise ships also ply the gorge from Portland to Lewiston, Idaho.

Whether you are buying or selling residential or commercial real estate in the area, contact us to speak with one of our experienced REALTORS who can help you find whatever type of real estate you may require. Our REALTORS are constantly updating their skills and knowledge in both internet marketing and real estate to assure you of a timely sale or purchase. The beautiful Columbia River valley is a great place to call home.

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