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Lower Columbia River Ferry Ride / 17 mph / 63 mi / 1016 ' / RL Dennis Hatton / 9 AM

Length:63 miles
Pace:17 mph
Terrain:Mostly flat with a couple of hills
Elevation: 1016 feet
Ride TypeRe-Group
Cancelation Guidelines: Rain or Showers




This is a chance to explore the lower Columbia River basin and enjoy the two ferry rides as part of the bike ride. Bring $6 cash only for the fare ($3 each way). The ferry ride is 3 miles of the route shown on the Ride with GPS map. This ride explores areas along and on an island of the Columbia River. It also travels through the wildlife refuge for the Columbian white-tailed deer. On previous rides I have seen deer and an eagle, in addition to many other birds. 

The pace while riding should be 17 mph.  This is intended as a casual and fun ride.  I anticipate stops for pictures and to look at the scenery. 

Slower riders are welcome if you can ride independently using a map and cue sheet.  I suggest that you find a buddy to ride at your pace, so you are not riding alone in an unfamiliar area. 

A 41-mile option is available by meeting at the ferry.  Ferry departure is 10:15 AM with loading prior to that time.

Some cautions: About 12 miles of the route are on the shoulder of Highway 30, the highway between Portland and Astoria. There will be traffic passing by at high speed. The shoulders are generally wide but can be avoided by meeting at the ferry. There are also short sections on Highway 4 on the Washington side. Some sections of various roads are rough. There is also a mile of gravel trail in the wildlife refuge that is rideable on a road bike.

There is a store in Cathlamet at mile 27 and again at mile 48 where supplies may be purchased.

Departure Times – Ready to Leave -
Clatskanie City Park, Clatskanie OR – 63-mile route – 9:00 AM
Westport Ferry – 41-mile route - Ferry departs at 10:15 AM with loading about 10 minutes prior.

Ride Policies

Because there is a deadline to reach the ferry, you will be left behind if you are late or not ready at the times listed.  It is not fair to riders who are ready to risk missing the ferry by waiting for those who are late. This could also apply to tire flats or mechanical issues. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

The distance from the start to the ferry is 13 miles.  I have allowed 70 minutes to arrive at the ferry.  That should allow times for stops and pictures on the way to the ferry.  However, there is not a lot of extra time. Therefore, we will leave at the times listed, whether or not you are ready.  

Faster or slower riders are welcome but be prepared to ride on your own. 

All registered riders are welcome and may depart at any time to ride their own pace and distance; please let the ride leader know if you leave the group.


Registration is required and almost always free to both members and non-members. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register for this event.


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  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to be a part of the announcements and safety briefing.
  • Riders are expected to have read the Safe Riding Policy and be familiar with the Ride Style Definitions.
  • Please direct questions to the ride leader orRoad Captain.
  • Helmets are required. Lights (front and rear), RoadIDs and cell phones are recommended.
  • Please complete an ABC Quick Check prior to arriving at the start (air, brakes, chain and crank; quick releases and a short ride to make sure all is working properly). And an ABC Quick Check once again at the start.
  • Riders should be able to maintain the stated pace. Please communicate with the leader if you decide to go off route or not return to the start.
  • Remember - we want to be awesome representatives for cycling and spread a love for our great sport locally by obeying all traffic laws and riding in a safe and courteous manner. Ride safely and have fun!

Monday, May 27, 2024, 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Clatskanie City Park
Park Street (Parking lot near athletic field)
Clatskanie, OR  97016

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Dennis L Hatton
360-606-8940 (p)
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