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 associated street and utility access and connection projects.
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 Waterfront Renaissance Trail connects Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver with Marine Park along a paved five-mile long riverfront trail perfect for walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading. With gorgeous views of the I-5 and I-205 bridges and Mount Hood, this trail is a west Vancouver stunner.
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.