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Favorite hikes

ActiveLifestylesNW.com invites you to explore our Great Northwest trails. Here are three of our favorite Northwest hikes: Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail, located in Washington the east end of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is the ideal place to walk your dog while viewing spectacular gorge scenery.  For Columbia River views, hike the one-mile […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Take classes, get experience, shop carefully before buying a kayak

After answering some questions about what kind of activities and commitment we wanted to make to watersports, such as did we want to paddle on a lake or go camping, we arrived at some initial conclusions. We pretty quickly decided that canoeing was probably not for us, neither of us was keen on kneeling in […]

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Nature Explore Club expands

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Parks Foundation of Clark County is pleased to announce the expansion of its Nature Explore Club to include three new partners:  Vancouver Summer Adventure, the US Forest Service, and Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.   “This partnership will allow us to better serve the community in providing opportunities for families to get their […]

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Biking for Muscular Dystrophy

Anticipation is building among teen riders participating in this summer’s cross-country JettRide to benefit The Jett Foundation, an organization that raises funds and awareness for boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is the #1 genetic killer of children in the world with no approved treatment. The JettRide journey begins on June 15 in Astoria, OR […]

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Washington Fishing Report, June 2014

Plenty of fishing opportunities in June Some of the most popular fishing opportunities are available for anglers in the coming weeks, including trout in hundreds of rivers, crab in south Puget Sound, chinook in the Columbia River and salmon in ocean waters along the coast. June 7 – Trout fishing opens in hundreds of rivers […]

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Oregon fishing report, June 2014

Take the family razor clamming: Let ODFW show you how at a Family Razor Clamming workshop June 14 or 15 at Fort Stevens State Park. More information Shad are here: With reports of good fishing in the Willamette, Coquille and Umpqua rivers. New access policy and permit fees on portions of Weyerhaeuser property: Weyerhauser will […]

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How to Get Interested in Kayaking

Welcome to ActiveLifestylesNW Kayaking Column – Let’s Get Started! Chuck Hemphill We have all seen kayakers on rivers, lakes and on the ocean… quietly gliding along the water enjoying the scenery and weather.  How many times have you thought it might be fun to kayak but really didn’t have a notion of how to get […]

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Oregon fishing report, April 29, 2014

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/ Send ODFW your fishing report Send […]