A Water Wonderland
The Pacific Northwest is a "water wonderland". If you look at the area from the air, you'll see that it is both beautiful and immense. Probably some of the most pristine country you'll ever find. It is well marked by the Cascade mountain range and the Columbia River. It encompasses the states of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington and the providence of British Columbia. There is no place on the planet that compares to what this area can offer. From the breath taking Victoria Island right down to the adventurous Oregon Rivers in Oregon. This area is home to 32 national parks, reserves, monuments, trails, rec areas, and historical sites. And numerous national wildlife refuges and national forests. But public area doesn't stop there as there is also over 370 state parks, plus hundreds more in British Columbia.
The fishing in this area is what you would expect...AWESOME! We would need an entire web site just to list the rivers and lakes. Not to mention all the different species of fish. But we'll try to give you a idea of what each area has to offer in the state and provincial pages. But first, let's touch on the three things that make this area what it is ... " a water wonderland". And those are the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountain Range and the Columbia River.
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia,flows south into the state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River that flows in from Idaho. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven U.S. states and British Columbia.
The Columbia River is the fourth-largest river , by volume,in the U.S., and it has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. The river's heavy flow and its relatively steep gradient give it tremendous potential for the generation of electricity.
The 14 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia's main
stem and many more on its tributaries produce more hydroelectric power than those of any other North American river.
The Pacific Ocean , not only provides some of the best fishing, but has some very unique coastline. From the Oregon Dunes National Rec area on the Oregon coast and graduates to a rocky coastline as it passes Olympic National Park in Washington State, and becomes down right pristine along the British Columbia coast line. It has some of the best whale watching and also has over 20 Lighthouses.
The Cascades Range stretches from British Columbia .... to northern California, and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. All of the known historic volcanic eruptions in the contiguous United States have been from Cascade volcanoes. The two most recent were Lassen Peak in 1914 to 1921 and a major eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.