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NMTA buys Northwest Paddling Festival

The Northwest Marine Trade Association recently bought the Northwest Paddling Festival, the region’s largest event dedicated to the increasingly popular recreation. The acquisition follows recent efforts by the Seattle-based trade group to widen its footprint within the industry. “NMTA represents the boating interests of everything from stand-up paddleboards to superyachts,” NMTA president George Harris said […]

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New Columbia Slough Trail opens

Portland, OR –Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announce a major new biking and walking path along the Columbia Slough in north Portland. The Columbia Slough Trail, between N. Denver and Vancouver avenues, is now open for use.  The paved path, more than a mile in length, is a […]

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Fishing Report

Willamette Valley Oregon Editor’s Note: This report is reprinted from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports. ActiveLifestylesNW.com focuses on a different fishing zone of Oregon each week. Fishing zones include the southwest, northwest, Willamette, central, southeast, northeast, Snake, Columbia and marine areas of Oregon.  For more information, go to http://www.dfw.state.or.us/rr/ Winter steelhead are […]

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Coos Bay, Oregon offers boaters deep-water port with fishing village appeal

By Leslee Jaquette When I asked Charleston Marina Manager Aaron Simons why Coos Bay, Oregon is a great stop for boaters, he didn’t hesitate, “It’s got one of the best bars on the West Coast.” When I snickered, he politely set me straight. “Not drinking bars,” explained Simons. “It’s got one of the cleanest, easiest […]

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Long-distance bonding tips for grandparents

Blowing out the candles from a huge homemade birthday cake and staying up late to hear embarrassing stories about their parents are memorable experiences that grandchildren share with grandparents throughout the years. But, long-distance grandparenting can make it more difficult to share those experiences. Grandparents.com, the premier social website for today’s grandparents, offers expert advice […]

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Top 5 Washington Fishing Spots

  It may be difficult for outsiders to understand, but to many people living in Washington State, fishing is a way of life. The attractiveness of Seattle fishing becomes clearer after spending a bit of time on the water. The natural chinook salmon is probably the most popular fish on the menu, but other types […]

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Redeveloped Shilshole Bay Marina – One of the Largest Marinas North of California

By Leslee Jaquette The rededicated statue of Viking Leif “Lucky” Erikson stands sentinel at Shilshole Bay Marina, welcoming recreational boaters to one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest marinas. Not only has the 17-foot, reconditioned statue found a permanent home in the Leif Erikson Plaza, the bronze continues to symbolize the region’s Nordic heritage and the […]

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Visitors prepare for summer hiking on Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge visitor center is open seven days a week and even during the winter months, weather permitting, the Lodge and Hurricane Ridge road is open every day. In the lodge you will find a snack bar, ski rentals and gift shop. Hurricane Ridge has over 3 million visitors each year and is the most […]

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Boaters Relish Gig Harbor’s Authentic Maritime Scene

By Leslee Jaquette In 1841 when Capt. Charles Wilkes charted the South Sound, he must have been tired. Or, perhaps, he had simply run out of names? You see, Wilkes named Gig Harbor, Wash., after the type of longboat, a gig, he used to survey the small bay. These days, perfectly protected and perfectly beautiful […]

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Fishermen’s Terminal – A Great Place to Unlock and Indulge the Senses

By Leslee Jaquette On this warm spring day as I wander the docks at the Port of Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal (FT), I fall into a “Walter Mitty” daylight daydream. Transformed by the sights and smells here at the home of the Pacific Northwest fishing fleet, my reverie places me amongst purse seiners rolling up their […]