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
Work is now underway to reconnect downtown Vancouver with the Columbia River waterfront - access that has been blocked for over 100 years. Work includes the 35-acre private waterfront development project, a 7-acre waterfront park project and Vancouver's waterfront access project, which will wrap up construction in late 2013.
Whether exploring our Website or visiting our beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River in Vancouver, you'll find a world of information designed to inspire us to become better stewards of our water resources.
The Water Resources Education Center lies along the trail, as do the Old Apple Tree, Marine Park, Kaiser Viewing Tower and Shipyards, and Tidewater Cove. Along the way are shops, restaurants and great places to picnic, play or just enjoy the view. The trail continues east to end at Wintler Park.
This lush 120-acre regional park is located on the Columbia River about two miles west of Vancouver Lake Park. It was dedicated in 1997, and features a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. A 2.5-mile trail connects this park to Vancouver Lake Park.
This 26-acre site offers walking trails, play equipment, picnic shelters, boat launch, and restrooms. Marine Park is part of the Waterfront River Renaissance Trail, which connects the site to Waterfront Park.
Located along the bank of the Columbia River, Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach was once a camp for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The park features water access, multi-use trails, restrooms, historic interpretive elements, picnic shelters and parking lots.