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Seattle’s Shilshole Bay Marina Wait List Not So Long These Days

Back when my husband and I were young sailors, we dreamed of owning a small sailboat and mooring it at Shilshole Bay Marina. The Seattle marina was beautiful and offered easy access to Puget Sound and beyond. Best of all, we would not need to traverse the Locks every time we wanted to enjoy the […]

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Go to the Willamette River Guide for Boating Info

The Willamette is a vital, multi-purpose waterway that touches the lives of millions of people. It provides ports for commercial barges and oceangoing ships, irrigation for crops sold worldwide, an abundant fishery, and recreational opportunities.Nearly 70 percent of Oregonians live within 20 miles of the Willamette River, and some may not even realize it. Although […]

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Tips for Making Boating an Affordable Reality

For More Information: Kelly Kaylor, NMMA 312.946.6262 kkaylor@nmma.org Boating is not just for the rich and famous but is one of the most affordable and accessible recreational activities in the U.S. In fact, according to the boating industry’s trade group, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 75 percent of boat owners in 2009 had an average […]

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Northwest Events Travel

ASTORIA – GATEWAY TO THE COLUMBIA

BY LESLEE JAQUETTE Standing on the dock at Astoria, Oregon’s East Basin Marina, I ponder the mighty Columbia River and the magnitude of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. A familiar, distant barking disturbs my reverie. Turning toward the sound, I spot a sign on the pier, “Danger, Sea Lions on Dock.” Refocusing my eyes, I […]

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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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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 […]