The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Cascade Locks

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In a Nutshell

  • Narrative river tours
  • Classic triple-deck paddlewheel boat
  • Local beef & seafood dishes at cafe

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid 11/1/11 through 4/30/12. Operates in all weather conditions. Cruise is non-transferable. Must use cruises and cafe voucher in the same visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water-road ride with today’s Groupon: for $33, you get two tickets to a Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler sightseeing cruise and a $10 voucher to Locks Waterfront Cafe from Portland Spirit (a $66 value). Cruises are scheduled on mornings and afternoons throughout the week May–October, and they depart from Marine Park in Cascade Locks.

River-roving captains ferry passengers on two-hour journeys along the sparkling Columbia River from the Cascade Locks to the Bonneville Dam. Powered by a churning paddlewheel, the triple-decker Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler sails downstream like a floating club sandwich as tour guides discourse on passing scenery as fluently as the breathtaking views allow and on the regional travels of Lewis and Clark. As sightseers relax aboard the charming vessel, they might glimpse local wildlife or traditional Native American fishermen at work.

Upon returning to Cascade Locks, cruising duos can venture to the nearby Locks Waterfront Cafe to take in more natural beauty from riverfront seating and dig into a recently revamped menu of American cafe fare. Fish 'n' chips transform a school of fish into a rollicking party school with beer batter and three pieces of wild cod, bass, or snapper ($10). Six ounces of hand-pressed local beef nestle into a Painted Hills burger ($9), perhaps protected from predators by a fence of freshly cut Kennebeck fries ($4).

Portland Spirit Cruises

With the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in its backyard and Mount Hood rising from behind a sweeping skyline, Portland boasts stunning views. Determined to give their customers front-row perches to these vistas is Portland Spirit, which launches a cache of brunch, lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises that put the city in the forefront.

With a quintet of vessels—Portland Spirit, Williamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer, and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler—and myriad private events for guests, Portland Spirit Cruises also customize jaunts for any occasion. The company also operates a trio of terrestrial venues in Marine Park: the Terrace at Thunder Island, the Gorge Pavilion, and Locks Waterfront Grill.

Customer Reviews

2182 Ratings

This is a great trip. Both my wife and I (both seniors) enjoyed it very much. Boat staff was very friendly and helpful. Tip: If you stand in the open back section at speed, hold onto your hat and everything else. A pair of gloves were sucked out of my coat pocket never to be seen again.
Ronald N. · July 20, 2016
Great fun and very informative. Goes rain or shine though, and we got very wet even below the canopy.
Therese B. · July 14, 2016
My sister was visiting from Montreal Canada and love the cruise and the scenery Friendly and interesting information during the trip
MONIQUE M. · December 14, 2015
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    Cascade Locks

    355 Wa Na Pa St.

    Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014


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