Give Salpare Bay Marina a call. Or Tomahawk Bay Marina. Both marinas allow liveaboards. They are located about 100 nautical miles upriver on the Columbia
on Hayden Island. It's a gorgeous trip. But, like the previous post, they are located close to PDX, so there is jet noise
Salpare Bay Marina Portland's Premier Marina on the Columbia River
Tomahawk Bay - Columbia CrossingsColumbia Crossings
Hayden Island has grocery stores, liquor store, a West Marine
, Home Depot, clothing
stores, Target, lots of restaurants. All of it is within cruiser's walking distance. Getting off the island via car can be time consuming due to traffic.
I would NOT choose the Riverplace Marina in downtown Portland
on the Willammette. You'll have to wait for a LOT of bridge lifts if you want to go anywhere.
Marina prices in Oregon are the cheapest of any other state or country on the North American continent's west coast
, including Mexico
. At least that's been our experience in the last four years.
There is no sales tax in Oregon. So, if you need to purchase
anything, provision, or get anything fixed, it's not taxed! It's like an immediate 10% discount.
You will have to cross the wide Columbia River bar to get to Hayden Island. (Make sure you have plenty of fuel
.) We found it best to cross at slack tide. If you try to go inland during an incoming tide, the river and the tide currents collide and make for a really, really lumpy ride with slow forward progress. Outgoing tide will mix with the outgoing river water
and you'll hardly make ANY forward progress. (Of course, heading into the Pacific is different.)
After crossing the bar, stop for the night in Astoria at the the West Basin Marina.
Be sure to grab a table at the Portway Tavern, about a block or two from the marina. When we were there, we had five-star rated halibut in that little pub! Perfectly cooked and surprisingly cheap
The Astoria boatyard is an inexpensive option (for Oregon) for putting your boat on the hard
and getting work done. You can also do the work yourself. A lot of fishing
vessels come up from California
and down from Washington to get work done there.
If you don't have them already, get the nautical charts
for the Columbia River while you're in Astoria. You will need them. The channel gets narrow in places and there is quite a bit of river traffic - including tankers and cargo ships. There will be two bridge lifts - the Railroad bridge and the I-5 bridge. Channel 13.
Portland is absolutely gorgeous in the summer. But be ready for lots of rain and some snow in the spring, fall, and winter months.