Spawning Salmon on the Sandy River
Visit the beautiful Sandy River and learn about salmon restoration with our partners at the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council


Join us for a day along the banks of the dynamic Sandy River. This 56-mile tributary of the Columbia River now runs free of dams and is well loved by recreationists as well as nearby residents. We’ll learn about the Sandy River’s recent restoration and the conservation of the Barlow Trail property from Columbia Land Trust Natural Area Manager Jen Zarnoch and Executive Director Steve Wise of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, who has helped returned a portion of the river’s side channel from dry land to backwater refuge.

We’ll hike through the Barlow Trail property along the newly connected side channel, giving you a chance to see exciting examples of river restoration in action. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of some fish – the Sandy River’s wild runs of spring and fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter steelhead are some of the healthiest in the entire Columbia Basin.

EASY: This tour includes less than a mile of hiking on the Barlow Trail on fairly even terrain, including some slopes and more primitive parts of the trail. Waterproof hiking boots or shoes are recommended as we will be walking by the river banks. 

All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 8:00a.m. and returns at approximately 5:00p.m.

Please note: A list of items to bring and other important information will be sent to you via email 1 week prior to the tour date. If you register anyone other than yourself for a Columbia Land Trust tour, you are confirming that the other persons you are registering are aware of and also agree to all the terms and conditions of the tour liability agreement (attached below).

Liability Release Form

Liability Release Form