Brownsmead (Knappa Docks)

26 January 2019: A Virtual Tour of the Knappa Dock launch

Last summer I launched 3 miles downstream, went past Knappa and explored a nearby slough. Recently I launched 3 miles upstream and inadvertently paddled by Knappa again. Here is an opportunity to use different photographs to take a Virtual Tour from the Knappa Dock 

Knappa lies in the middle of the protected islands in the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge as shown by the red arrow below on the USFWS public use map.

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It’s a meandering trip through fields of cows, deer, elk, and the occasional curious dog.


An old railroad nearby used to offer rides from Astoria up the Columbia River until it closed again in 2005. Not cleared out for a recreational path or pulled apart for scrap, it waits.


The shore on the upriver side of Knappa Dock is steep and overgrown.



The old dock itself is missing timber and too high to drop in a paddle boat.
On the downstream side, there is a steep path to the water.

I went out onto the dock so you don’t have to, and got this better picture of the slope-for-a-boat, located just right of the piling.



Locals doing the local thing. I’m sometimes probably photographed too.


There’s an interesting slough just upstream marked by small houses that look prone to flooding.



I followed a youngin in his power boat up the slough to look at the floating cabins.

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Dry wood for the stove, a place to tie up the boat, fish in the river and a beautiful view.



Not the typical pool.
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Columbia River = Knappa Slough

The slough loops back to its entrance and also offers a cul-de-sac called Warren Slough to its north. I didn’t have a good map and thought I was out of time in a dead end.  I turned around and headed back into the Columbia instead of seeing it through.

Heading north the entrance to Blind Slough is to the east. There could be a day of paddling just exploring that. At its entrance a line of ducks greeted me.


I had seen and heard a boat nearby just settling in near the shore.

I used the telephoto to be polite and because this boat was probably armed.
This barge awaits the rest of its journey for scrapping near the entrance to Blind Slough.

Three quarter a mile further is a railroad swing bridge and a small community of floating cabins to admire.

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The white painted house that overlooks the Knappa dock can be seen a half mile downriver at the entrance to Big Creek.


The trestle at an 8.2′ tide was too tight to go under today. Little Creek is up there too.
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Not a whole lot upstream but its quiet and out of the breeze, a good lunch spot.

 Then its back to my commute to a fun day on the water.

I think these people are thinking fish and taking in the view.

For those who use loud engines to enjoy boating, I was part of their ambiance.

Around this point is Calendar Slough and the community of Svensen

On Minaker Island there are flowers and raptors.



That was a six and a half mile virtual tour as if I had launched from Knappa dock. I would still like to go back as there is still more to see.

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