Frequently Asked Questions
What to bring? What to wear? What to expect? Below you'll find the answers to these questions, and many more.
If you don’t find the answers you are looking for, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Q | What is a ‘Columbia Wetlands Adventure’ anyway?
A | It is a great addition to your wilderness holiday. Take a leisurely float tour through the winding Columbia River Wetlands on a comfortable cataraft below the towering Rocky Mountains. Great views, great guides, and great stories!
Q | What do I need to bring?
A | The weather can be unpredictable in the Rocky Mountains! On warm sunny days, be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat or visor. On inclement days, it’s best to bring sunglasses, a windbreaker and a fleece or sweater as it can be cool on the water (we provide rain ponchos if needed). When in doubt, bring extra layers.
We also suggest:
- comfortable footwear that can get wet
- a camera
- cell phone - on self guided tours this is the best way to contact the office in the case of an emergency
Q | Will we get wet?
A |Although our float tour is pretty much dry, occasionally we may see a bit of mist from the river if there is a breeze. If that occurs, the rain ponchos usually do the trick!
Q | Is there a cancellation policy?
A | Due to our limited capacity, reservations are strongly recommended and can be secured with a Visa or MasterCard. Once a reservation has been secured, Columbia Wetlands Adventures requires 48 hours notice of changes or cancellation. No-shows or changes/cancellations within 48 hours will be charged the full value of the tour.
Columbia Wetlands Adventures reserves the right to cancel tours for any reason including weather, river conditions, or equipment. Should a tour be cancelled, guests will have the option of rescheduling their tour for a full refund.
Q | What if the weather is unfavorable?
A | We run our float tour rain or shine. In fact overcast or cool conditions often enhance wildlife visibility. Dress to be outside, and remember, we supply ponchos and umbrellas if things get wet.
Q | Will we see wildlife?
A | You can bet that wildlife will see you, but occasionally we may not see them. We will do our best to spot them!
Q | Are there opportunities for bird watching?
A | Of course! The Columbia River Wetlands has over 300 species of bird and mammals making this river valley their home.
Q | Can I bring my kids?
A | Our float tours are suitable for all ages – for the young and the young at heart. Please call us if you have any concerns.
Q | I have restricted mobility, can I still participate in a tour?
A | Our cataraft is stable watercraft with a solid, slip resistant floor making it easy to board and disembark from. We are happy to help you at any opportunity.
Q | What kind of boats does Columbia Wetlands Adventures use and how many people do they hold?
A | For our guided float tours we have a luxury 10-person cataraft outfitted with swivel bucket seats ideal for 360 degree wildlife viewing and is powered by a silent 100 lb thrust electric engine. A gas powered engine is onboard as backup. These comfortable crafts are stable and easy to board. We also have canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats to rent.
Q | What safety measures do you provide?
A | We provide life jackets on all trips, and maps, throw bags, and whistles for all self guided paddles. A SPOT locator is available if requested, though reasonable cell coverage exists on most of the river and is an effective means of keeping in touch with our office.
Q | Is there a rescue boat?
A | Yes, we have a gas powered boat available.
Q | Will you teach me how to paddle my canoe?
A | A brief, informative safety and instructional talk is provided on all self guided paddle tours.
Q | How do I pay?
A | We accept payment at our guest center before your tour. Debit, MasterCard, Visa, and cash are all accepted.
Q | What if I get lost?
A | Our staff takes the time to review the maps and local landmarks to ensure you make it to your destination. In the case of an emergency, we are only a cell phone call away.
Q | Can I rent a boat?
A | We have a variety of boats to choose from. 2 person canoes, single or double person kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats are all available for rent. We will help you choose the right watercraft for your excursion.
Q | Are there any rapids on the river?
A | No! Our section of the Columbia River is designated Class 1. This means we expect easy, smooth passage at all times.