Locals who frequent the nine holes of Skyline Golf Course have taken to calling it Cathlamet’s “Emerald Gem.” With its undulating fairways and scenic views of the Columbia River Basin, the course offers little to challenge this honored epithet. Designed by architect Ralph Rodahl, its treacherous doglegs and ponds have been distracting hole-bound balls for nearly half a century. Among Rodahl’s most challenging designs are two holes at par 5 and two at par 3, each of which requires golfers to navigate a fairway rife with hazards and packs of feral golf carts.
Situated near the first tee, an ample driving range allows for long-distance practice before setting off to conquer the high-risk, high-reward course. After the round, players can replenish with a cold refreshment or savory snack on the clubhouse deck, or upgrade their golf gear with a new sleeve of golf balls from the pro shop or a cyborg caddy from the future.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-35 course * Length of 2,433 yards * Course rating of 29.6 * Slope rating of 106:m]]
Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle impossible to achieve while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a double pedal boat ($35/hour), surrey ($20/hour for a single; $30/hour for a double), cruiser bike ($10/hour), barracuda boat ($20/hour for a single, $35/hour for a double), or kayak ($20/hour). Snuggled up in the paddle- or pedal-propelled vessel of your choice, traverse the vibrant urban trails of Avenue A or Heritage Square, or skim the glittering waters of the Holladay Park and Quatat Park. Check each location's home page for full lists of activity options.
Owner and guide Buddy Dupell, inspired by a childhood spent fishing on the Willamette River to create Columbia River Fishing Adventures, sends boats of up to six anglers on eight-hour excursions. Buddy leads patrons across various waterways, dropping anchor in the liveliest aquatic haunts. Stream-dwelling quarries change with the season, shifting from feisty summer steelhead in August to oversize sturgeon and fall chinook in September.
Since 1959, St. Helens Golf Course, just a short 30-minute drive from Portland, has enveloped golfers in a quiet serenity as they propel their golf balls along its nine holes. Before tackling the course, players shake the rust off their short games on the putting and chipping green and perfect their wind-ups inside the hitting cage. The course’s relatively short layout and lack of crowds enables players to finish a round quickly and leave the rest of the day for daydreaming about perfect putts and whittling tees into figurines of favorite golfers.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par-36 course
Total length of 3,040 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 68.1 from the back tees
Course slope of 114 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
Columbia River Fishing Guide's expert baiter, Christian Witt, leads up to six burgeoning anglers across the watery expanses of Oregon's and Washington's northwest rivers during strategically scheduled trips to hook salmon, sturgeon, and seasonal fishes. Groups spend an hour catching shad to then lure a harvest of trophy sturgeon on the Columbia River in May and June, whereas participants capture sizeable steelheads with more fighting spirit than the ghosts of Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots during the Lewis River expeditions helmed from December–March. Trips out to Buoy 10—known for some of the Pacific Northwest's best king salmon fishing—yield a variety of catches, including keeper sturgeon and coho salmon. Columbia River Fishing Guide works out an ideal date with each customer when they call to book their aquatic treks and outfits them with G.Loomis poles, Shimano reels, and enough bait to lure catches worthy of hanging on the mantelpiece or the outside of the fridge. All river adventurers should arrive wrapped in warm clothing with a packed lunch and fishing license in hand.
Like a spooky spider missing one leg, Terror in the Country offers up seven terrifying options for eliciting screams, shrieks, and shudders from visitors. Get bowled over by Bozos in the Unhinged Clown Territory, sidestep the silent-but-deadly reaches of Mime Alley, and run into some old friends in the Portal to Hell. Other scareas, each with their own back stories, are the Haunted Cemetery, the Chamber of Dolls, the Forest of Fate, and the Paths of Terror. There is no shortage of spooks for kooky kids and ambling elders alike, with creepy costumes and shocking special effects providing a troubling counterpoint to eye-watering acts of kindness from misunderstood wolfmen.