Experience the natural and scenic wonders of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition by taking a boat cruise aboard an authentic triple deck sternwheeler. Watch Native American tribes fish from their legendary platforms as they have for centuries. Scenic rides, brunch and dinner cruises and interpretive tours provide 360-degree breathtaking vistas. Fully narrated 3-hour sightseeing tours, promoting the Seven Wonders of the Gorge, is a new favorite.

The Sternwheeler’s historic-looking interior and exterior along with its historic setting in the scenic Columbia Gorge makes it a wonderful experience for tourists and history enthusiasts. It has seating for 232 passengers for plated meals, an on-board galley, two full-service bars and is licensed to carry 599 people. The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler was built in Hood River, Oregon by Nichols Boat Works and was launched in 1983. On April 19, 2006, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler became the first and only paddle-boat leased by American Waterways, Inc.

Enjoy exploring the Gorge from the Columbia River and plan a boat cruise today!

Enjoy sightseeing and river cruises along the Columbia River Gorge on Portland Spirit or the Sternwheeler

Portland Spirit / Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler


Portland Spirit offers sightseeing and dining cruises throughout Portland and the Columbia Gorge. Choose from brunch, dinner, or sightseeing on an authentic sternwheeler replica in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Cruise the Seven wonders of the Gorge on the Crystal Dolphin yacht out of Washougal, Washington. If you are up for a little adventure, join the Explorer jet-boat and search for Bigfoot through the Columbia Gorge, departing from Downtown Portland. Cruise options from one to seven hours.

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