Quality Inn & Suites
1380 Atlantic Avenue
Woodland, WA 98674
Phone: (360) 225-1000
Fax: (360) 841-8449
Apart from renting kayaks and retailing in outdoor apparel, what Scappoose Bay Kayaking excel in is the outdoors. The wetlands is rich in wildlife and home to a variety of migratory birds. A lot of the area comes under protected forest reserves where few venture and the habitat is as virgin. The variety of tours (Wetlands, Cunningham Slough, Eco-Quiet Kayaking, Full Moon Cruises) for all ages, conducted by Scappoose Bay Kayaking give paddlers the opportunity to observe wildlife and marine habitat from up close.
Wildwood Golf Course 72 is open to the public. An on site bar area serves beer only, and a snack cart is also available. The pro shop has clubs for rent at a reasonable rate. Cultivate your skills by taking advantage of the putting green and driving range. A staff pro is also available.
Just outside the city, this 12,000-acre sanctuary offers an example of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Operated by the Fish and Wildlife Department, the island has pathways that are ideal for bicycling. There are more than 250 species of birds in the wetland area. If you are here in the spring, you can even pick your own berries. Do not be afraid to eat a few, there are plenty for you and the birds, too.
At the northern-most tip of North Portland, at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, lies this 96-acre park dotted with picnic areas and marked by a looping 40-mile trail. A large natural-sand beach and an isolated location attract many people to Kelley Point Park. It is ideal place to take in Portland's natural skyline, dominated by Mount St. Helens and Mt. Hood, while basking in the summer sun.
Portland's neighbor to the north, Vancouver is the oldest of the Pacific Northwest cities. Fort Vancouver, originally a fur trading post, is nearly at the center of the city making history the heart of Vancouver, literally. Stop by the official visitors center at the General O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. This town on the Columbia River has a lot to offer from historical and natural attractions to major events.
An environmental preserve, the 213 acres (86 hectares) in this city park include two lakes. The natural areas are primitively developed, leaving the habitat in tact while providing both hiking and cycling trails. The two lakes have divided duties, Smith Lake's water level is maintained for canoeing and fishing while Bybee Lake to the north naturally watches the tide ebb and flow to protect the home of the area's wild residents. There is no fee to use the park.
It is hard to believe this forest is so close to the city. With miles and miles of walking paths, Forest Park has room for bicycling, picnics, hiking and more. One of the largest urban forest reserves in the country, it has over 5100 acres (2064 hectares) of space for you to enjoy a wonderful natural experience. Guided tours can be organized, and nature and wildlife enthusiasts will have a gala time observing the mammal and bird species that reside in this lush green haven.
Heron Lakes Golf Course offer challenging fun for all skill levels. Created by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II, the beauty of the course rivals the incredible scenery and views as you play. There are plenty of bunkers and water hazards, so bring your patience and plenty of balls. The course was listed as one of the country's top 75 public golf courses by Golf Digest. You can hit off natural turf at the driving range, and there is a pro shop and snack bar.
The sound of the auto races has been roaring through Portland for 70 years, and these days, it's NASCAR stock car races every Friday night. In the beginning of July, there's a Destruction Derby with fireworks. Other fun events include 300-lap Enduro races Memorial Day and Labor Day. The season runs April through September.
This outdoor pool offers a retreat from the heat in the bluffs above the Willamette River. Situated among the large old trees and greenery of St. Johns, there's plenty to do nearby before or after a swim. This location has more open swim hours than other pools and can get crowded when it's hot, but there's enough shade and water for all.
You're sure to enjoy playing at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The 1925 course features an abundance of water, making for a challenging game. Though its a private course, the public is also invited. The rates are $100 for nine to 18 holes, depending on the season and a dress code must be followed regardless of the season. The year-round course also offers a pro shop and rental clubs. A full bar, restaurant and snack shop will provide necessary sustenance before or after the game, and a driving range will help hone your skills.
Portland International Raceway brings drag races and other professional racing including NASCAR events to the Portland area. This popular raceway was built on the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a flood in 1948. The Formula One racing circuit also holds events here. Known to locals as 'PIR', it is conveniently located at Delta Park, only a few minutes from downtown. If you're staying in the area, you may even hear the cars at night.