The Columbia River Watershed

The Columbia River Watershed

For those of you who have never paddled the Northwest; you definitely should. The Northwestern United States and British Columbia have long been associated with rugged geography and a general sense of adventure.

Our love of paddleboarding grew from our love for exploring our area. What we want to make known, however, is the intricate system of waterways that serves as the lifeblood of this natural treasure. This lifeblood is The Columbia River Watershed.

Whit is The Columbia River Watershed? This term refers to the drainage basin of the mighty Columbia River, where rain, melting snow, and ground water converge into a single point of lower elevation.

The Columbia River is 1,243 miles long and is our single biggest outflow into the Pacific Oceon. This makes it the fourth largest river in the US. The watershed that feeds this behemoth is a 258,000 square mile area, larger that the country of France, and contains over 115 contributory bodies of water.

People are coming to realize that the Northwest is a boon of inland watersports including paddleboarding, rafting, kayaking, fishing, diving, boating, and just getting connected to nature. Next time you plan a big adventure, see what we have to offer!

Notable bodies of water:

  • Columbia River
  • Lake Coeur D'alene
  • Lake Pend Oreille
  • Flathead Lake
  • Clearwater River
  • Deschutes River
  • Willamette River
  • Spokane River
  • Payette River

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