The rapid onset of high winds, fog, storms and other dramatically changing conditions on the lower Columbia can transform a seemingly easy paddle into a dangerous, and even life-threatening, situation. Be prepared for the worst scenario and make safety a priority when planning your trip.
Adequate preparation is critical to safe paddling. Be prepared for the worst scenario and make safety a priority when planning your trip. Check out these other safety pages for additional resources.
- Understanding General Paddling Safety Guidelines
- Carry a Chart
- Check the Weather
- Check the Tides
- Create a Float Plan
- Be Aware of River Hazards
- Understand River Navigation
- Plan a Portage Around Bonneville Dam