Most names in WA state are of Native origin. Like Okanogan, Nisqually, so on. So how did the Columbia River get its name? Was it of Native origin? After Christopher Columbus? The answer might surprise you!


How big is the Columbia River?

You may be taken aback by just how big this river is! In total, it spans 1,243 miles. The drainage basin covers about 259,000 square miles, making it about the size of France.

Does that mean the Columbia River is the biggest river?

No, but it is the 4th largest by volume in North America.


A food supply source for all walks of wildlife, and a recreation trap for people all around. In fact I have no idea what it's like to NOT live directly next to the Columbia River. Water sports, water fun, and wildlife. The Columbia River is definitely one river to experience.

How many Tributaries does the Columbia River have?

According to the Oregon Encyclopedia:

The river’s main stem gathers water from ten principal tributaries that drain 259,000 square miles in seven U.S. states and one Canadian province.

Ok, ok, I know I still need to answer how the Columbia River even got its name.

How did the Columbia River get its name?

Captain Robert Grey, whom Grey Harbor County was named after, actually discovered the mouth of the Columbia River back in the year 1792. His ship at the time was called "Columbia." The Columbia River was named after a ship!


The Columbia River, is beautiful, vast, and a supplier to many. Some even say it's one of the 7 wonders east of the Cascades.

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4 of the Scariest Fish Lurking Beneath You in the Columbia River

Get ready for a good scare as we explore some of the scariest fish lurking beneath you in the Columbia River. From giant sturgeons to electric eels, take a look at these critters that will make you think twice before taking a dip

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This Hike in the Columbia River Gorge is a Must Experience

The Labyrinth to Coyote Wall Loop. It runs 6.7 miles with an elevation gain of 1,489 feet. It features a waterfall, lava tube, rock formations, and incredible views. It’s heavily trafficked with hikers and mountain bikers on weekends and dogs are welcome on a leash. Beware, you’ll need good hiking shoes as a good portion of the trail is very rocky. It’s open all year round, but the experts recommend day use from March to November.  

Gallery Credit: Paul Drake

SEE INSIDE: Stunning Modern Columbia River Home in Washington

This lustrous modern custom-built home is only six years old and is ready for someone who loves to entertain and party. It comes with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms which includes a huge master suite and stunning views of the river from nearly every room. 

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