River Species

Hundreds of species of fish and wildlife are known to use the lower Columbia River and estuary during a portion of their life. Some may live and die within 1 mile of their birth. Others, such as salmon and certain bird species will travel thousands of miles over the course of their lives, off to different continents or up the Pacific Coast to Alaska, before returning to the lower Columbia River. The species list was pulled from the Estuary Partnership’s Subbasin Plans for the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council.