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K/M Resorts of America Columbia Shores Resort
Columbia Shores RESORT is located on the southern tip of beautiful Long Beach Peninsula near the Washington/ Oregon state lines.
The peninsula, known as one of the best in the country for razor clamming and surf fishing, has the longest beach expanse for driving in the world. Twenty-eight miles of hard sand beach stretch along the Pacific Ocean northward from Cape Disappointment to Ledbetter Point. The sandy expanse offers opportunities for salmon, sturgeon, albacore and bottom fishing as well as beach combing, clam digging, and bird watching.
With its location on the banks of the Columbia River, Chinook served as the gateway for Capt. Robert Gray’s 1792 United States claim for all of the land drained by the river.
Allow some time to visit the 600-acre Fort Columbia State Park, established as a military post during the Spanish-American War. You can take a self-guided tour past the historic installations and some of the 12 remaining structures in the fort as well as the museum.
Cape Disappointment is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous river bars. The largest search and rescue facilities in Washington and the only heavy-weather Motor Lifeboat School for the Coast Guard are based at the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station and Lighthouse.
Just to the north of the cape is Ilwaco, home of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center where the explorers’ 8,000-mile expedition is traced and artifacts they collected along their journey are exhibited. The Ilwaco Heritage Museum displays pioneer and Chinook Indian artifacts as well as Western and Native American art, some of which dates back to the frontier days in southwestern Washington. Consider chartering a boat from one of the piers in town. The waters near Ilwaco are regarded as excellent for deep-sea fishing.
Amenities: The resort offers a clubhouse, river fishing (license required), salt water fishing (license required), boating, marina, dock, and ramp. Dump station.
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706 Highway 101