Our River

Photo of a couple sitting on the bank of the Columbia River

The Columbia River makes Vancouver a great place to work, live and play. It connects us and sustains us. Our river provides fantastic recreation opportunities and helps nurture wildlife, evergreen forests, agriculture, neighborhoods and businesses.

Columbia River Facts
  • It is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and the fourth largest river in the United States, by volume
  • The headwaters rise in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada
  • It is 1,243 miles long
  • More than 10 different Native American tribes live along the U.S. stretch of the river, including the Coeur d'Alene, Yakama, Nez Perce, Palus, Umatilla, Cowlitz and Chinook

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