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Kyak tours
Wednesday 24 July 2019
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Ever want to try kayaking on the waters around the Tri-Cities but lack the equipment or know-how? Here’s your chance to try it while learning about the McNary National Wildlife Refuge or the Hanford Reach National Monument. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering trips this summer on both, so here’s your opportunity to boat with the experts.

One of the best ways to experience our refuges is by water. This summer, we’re going to offer kayak trips on the Columbia River on McNary National Wildlife Refuge and the Hanford Reach National Monument. This is your chance to experience these incredible local resources with agency and trained guides. Ready for some details?

When: June 26 (McNary) and July 10 (Hanford Reach), 13 (Hanford Reach), 24 (McNary). More to be opened later after these initial ‘shake down’ trips.

Watercraft: Hardshell, open cockpit kayaks.

Who: Ages 12 and up. There is a limit of 4 per family; space is very limited. Under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.

How: Registration is first-come, first-served and opens at 8:00 a.m. on June 17.

Call (509) 546-8330. The recording will also have directions, but leave your name, callback number, date interested in, and number in party.

Cost: $15/person, paid in advance to the Friends of Mid-Columbia River Refuges, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA 99323.

Hanford Where: For the Hanford Reach trips, meet at the White Bluffs Boat Launch (White Bluffs Boat Launch via Google Maps) at 9:00 a.m. Be forewarned that, while the road in is in great shape, it is a 5-mile-long, dusty, gravel road. We will shuttle you to the Vernita Boat Launch.

McNary Where: Meet at the Casey Pond Boat Launch (Casey Pond via Google Maps). Launch time is 10:00.

Hanford Trip Description: Vernita Bridge to White Bluffs Boat Launch. Twenty miles, 4-5 hours. Class 0, flat water, but swift. Easy trip for novices.

McNary Trip Description: Columbia River shoreline along the refuge. Two hours. Class 0, flat water. Easy trip for novices.

What To Bring: Water (at least one quart). Sunscreen. Sun glasses. Other sun protection. You will get wet, so dress for water and weather. Footwear that will stay on in water. Lunch for the Hanford Reach trip. Change of clothes to be left in your vehicle. Necessary medications (e.g., epipen). We’ll bring the rest (e.g., lifejackets, paddles).

What Not To Bring: Personal watercraft.

What Not To Do: Reservations are nontransferrable, except within the immediate family. In other words, you can't give your trip to a friend, but you can bring a different child than the reservation holder.

More Information?: (509) 546-8333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.