Friday, July 25, 2014

Cascade Locks Beach & Sail Park


Current projects for the Port of Cascade Locks include improvements to the beach and surrounding area. The improvements would provide the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and the surrounding community better access and viewing accommodations. Read more on the current project for this Beach & Sail Park below.
Another exciting project the Port has in development is improvements to the beach and surrounding areas to better accommodate the community and the Columbia Gorge Racing Association. The Columbia River at Cascade Locks has become one of the most desirable destinations for sailboat competition in North America. The location has the right wind speeds, warm temperatures, fresh water body and scenic beauty superior to other sites. By making some minor developments to the Marine Park, sailboat racing in Cascade Locks will be able to expand the community’s tourism-based economy.
SRC: Find the Sail Park Feasibility Study and other Port of Cascade Locks Projects at: http://portofcascadelocks.org/current-projects/beach-sail-park/

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cascade Locks History


The beautiful riverside town of Cascade Locks is an amazing place to visit for exploring, hiking, water sports and much more. Learning about this towns fascinating history will bring so much more appreciation to your time spent here. Read about Cascade Locks historic beginnings below.
This hamlet of 1,120 people initially was a Native American fishing village. In 1843, Captain John Freemont named the 2-mile-long rapids, formed from giant boulders of the natural basalt bridge that collapsed eons before, “the Great Cascades.” This spot was the penultimate crux for Oregon Trail travelers who navigated the rapids by lashing wagons to rafts. In 1862, the state’s first steam engine, dubbed the “Oregon Pony,” pulled boats through these rapids. In 1896, with the coming of giant sternwheelers, the Army Corp of Engineers carved a channel 460 feet through the volcanic basalt and installed the locks. When Bonneville Dam fired up in 1938, the channel was flooded and decommissioned, but remnants of the locks and the Oregon Pony remain visible at the Cascade Locks Marine Park.
SRC: Read more on what Cascade Locks has to offer at: http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/cascade-locks-weekend/

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bicycle Tourism in Cascade Locks

(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

Business owners of the Gorge got together at this months Gorge Green Drinks Networking event with the topic of "Bikes Mean Business". With so many cyclists riding through town, water bottle filling and window seats for bike watching are thing business will want to accommodate for their large numbered customers. Read more about this biking trend below.
To further capitalize on the bike boom, Cascade Locks is also actively building out its trail offerings. Not only are they at the (current) end of a newly completed section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, they’re also working on a new, 25-mile network of off-road trails that will turn this town into a mountain biking destination and serve as perfect complement to the existing family-friendly easyCLIMB Trail.
SRC: Read more about this Bicycle Tourism in Cascade Locks at: http://bikeportland.org/2014/07/09/cascade-locks-hands-deck-bicycle-tourism-108493#more-108493

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Columbia Gorge Racing Association

Multi-class dinghy champ Jay Renehan let the Columbia Gorge Racing Association know that Cascade Locks, Oregon is "The best place in the world to sail!" The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is working to see if this is true for everyone through a Sailor Satisfaction Survey. Read more about this survey below.
Our goal is to make CGRA “the best place in the world to sail.” Help us do it by taking five minutes to complete our Sailor Satisfaction Survey (click here to take the survey). There’s no obligation and all responses are anonymous unless you wish to volunteer your contact information. If you’re curious, you’ll have an option to view the results after you complete the survey.

SRC: Read the Full article reflecting on last years Sailing in the gorge at: www.cgra.org

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cascase Locks KOA

Enjoy camping at a great KOA this summer in Cascade Locks, Oregon. This is an amazing location for hiking, sight seeing, and so much more. This KOA includes a pool, hot tub/ sauna, bike rentals and even Wi-Fi. If your looking for a great place for some camping check out this KOA. Read more about this location below.
Located in the heart of the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, this KOA will have you rollin' along the river in no time - whether you're cruising aboard the stern-wheeler Columbia Gorge, exploring waterfalls along the historic Columbia River Highway or hiking on Larch Mountain's trails at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Displays in the riverfront Marine Park explain the 19th century locks that made the turbulent Columbia passable (and gave Cascade Locks its name). In nearby Hood River, the Mount Hood Railroad links the Columbia Gorge with the foothills of snowcapped Mount Hood. Camp among forested tent sites, full-hookup RV sites with 110-foot pull thrus, one- and two-room Camping Cabins and Deluxe Cabins.
SRC: View more photos, maps, and local attractions for this KOA at: http://koa.com/campgrounds/cascade-locks/

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lewis and Clark State Park


The Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site provide hiking trails, picnicking, exhibitor information, a boat ramp, fishing, flushing restrooms, and swimming. This free access area is located at 1819 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060. It is easy to find, a beautiful drive, plenty of parking and tons of summer fun. Read about the history of this State Park below.
Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park sappropriately honors its legendary namesakes who camped and explored here in November, 1805. The park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at one of the entrances to the Historic Columbia River Highway. A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites blankets and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day.

SRC: For more information on Lewis and Clark State Park visit: Oregon State Parks.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Pikas



A Pika is a rock-dwelling critter in the rabbit and hare family. The U.S. Geological Survey researchers along with the Oregon Zoo Foundation are conducting a census of these little critters through September. Normally these Pikas are found in hight-altitude habitats, but the Columbia Gorge is home to the lowest-elevation-dwelling pikas in the US. Read more about the study of the gorge pikas below.
The aim of the USGS study is to gain more information about gorge pikas' distribution to help in any future conservation and management efforts and to learn something about climate change resistance.
When the three-year study concludes in September, researchers and about 175 volunteers (aka citizen scientists) will have surveyed more than 50 miles of the gorge on both sides of the Columbia River, from Troutdale to Hood River and Camas, Wash., to White Salmon, Wash.

For full article on the Columbia Gorge Pika visit: OregonLive.

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