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    I may possibly be moving to the Tri-Cities area. What is the boating like? Obviously there is the Columbi river(hows that), but what about lakes? Also, how the coast for boating. I have been boating on the Chesapeak bay for the past couple years but before that I was in Northern Utah. Is a boat of my size completely overkill, 31' Scarab Thunder?

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    No problem with the size of your boat, the Columbia river offers lot's of good boating as does the Snake river. Not much in the way of lake's that are very close or big, you have to drive a couple hours for anything worth while. Lake Chelan and Lake Roosevelt are nice weekend trips, about 3 hrs to either. Western Wa also has lots of different places like lake Wa and all the Puget Sound. Hard to leave the East side of the state though because the weather is usually so much nicer. You'll like the weather here a whole lot better for boating than the east coast that's for sure, only 7in of precip for the whole year and less than 2in from may to oct. Over 300 days of sunshine.

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    Thanks for the response guys. Anyone ever boated off the coast of WA or OR? Are there any locks or damns on the Columbia River between the tri cities area and Portland? That looks like a nice trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Run_em_Hard View Post
    Thanks for the response guys. Anyone ever boated off the coast of WA or OR? Are there any locks or damns on the Columbia River between the tri cities area and Portland? That looks like a nice trip.

    there are a few dams and locks between the "cities" and portland. From portland to astoria there are none

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    The Columbia Bar is the most dangerous water in the world. Better check the weather/tides before you make to the ocean that way. Also it probably close to 200 miles from the tri-citys to the Pacific with refueling facilities on the scarce side.

    The ocean in the northwest does not have a lot of performance boats. The current is from north to south so the water is nippy (COLD). No Islands to see and such. The coast is beautiful though. Small resort towns along the coast. Highest coastal temp I remember seeing in the 40+ years I lived in the NW was maybe 81 or 82.

    On the Columbia between Portland and the Tri-cities you usually only see barges, a few fishing boats and once in a great while, a cruiser. Probably be some performance boats around Pasco/Kennewick/Richland on the Columiba and the Snake. There will be a lot more in Portland. It is always windy and can be extremly windy in the Columbia Gorge. (about 80-100 miles long? Starts a bit before Hood River Oregon and ends about Umatila Oregon.) One time my car would only go 50mph against the wind on the road above the water. The waves were breaking over the front of the barges on the river. Probably 12-15 footers. If you want to play in the salt, go to Puget Sound (Seattle area).

    The Tri-cities are on the "desert" side of Washington. You will see several weeks at 90+ in the summer and several weeks with lows 30- and snow in the winter. A good area for outdoor sports. Lots of stuff to do close by. The 2 rivers, lakes within an hour or so, mountains for skiing, hunting, snow mobiling. Lots of stuff.

    Good Luck.
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    I grew up in Richland. You will have some great boating on both the Columbia and Snake rivers. Best lake nearby is the Potholes resevoir. They have a big gathering every Labor day weekend. Weather is good for about 4 months of boating. Unlimited hydros come every year in July. Words of advice are to be aware of the water level on the river. There are many underwater hazards, bars etc. Go out with someone who knows the water when you run upriver from Richland. Stay out of the Yakima river. Price to launch is minimal or free. Islands are fun place to picnic. I still miss the Columbia river. Let me know if you want to know anything else about the area.

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