Day Trip: Columbia River Gorge

Photo Courtesy of Magnus Manske

Photo Courtesy of Magnus Manske

On Wednesday August 28th we’ll be traveling ~75 miles east of Portland through the Columbia River Gorge to visit places connected to people and fisheries, past and present. This will be a hot, dry day, with temperatures that could reach 100° F (37+°C).  You will definitely want to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

You will want to wear hiking/walking shoes.     

We’ll be visiting Lyle Falls on the Klickitat River and meet with biologists and tribal members from the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation.           

We are also going to visit various locations on the White Salmon River to check out how a landscape, the fish, and people “recover” from removal of a large dam.  Yakama Tribal biologists will be our guide here as well.      

Another stop will be at the Bonneville Hatchery, one of the first ones built on the Columbia and the largest one operated by the State of Oregon    We’ll consider the various challenges salmon face in the modern world (from dams, pollutants, mining, etc.,) and how  hatcheries fit into overall recovery efforts. We’ll also visit the sturgeon pond, which supports white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and ponder the fate of this mighty fish in the face of modern development on the Columbia.  

Field trip costs are included in overall registration fees. No separate registration or booking required.