2011 Columbia River Summer Solstice Messabout and Wooden Boat Festival


Quinn's Cove, 10000 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA

Caterpillar Island - 45.42.02N 122.45.38W --- for GPS fans :-)



June 17, 18, 19


Fees, Prizes, and Rules

None, none, and none. (Subject to local availability.)


How to get there:

From I-5, take Mill Plain or Fouth Plain west and to the end then continue west on Lower River Road. Continue past the Vancouver Lake park, past Frenchman's Bar park, and take the first left after Frenchman's Bar park. The entrance to Quinn's Cove is directly across from the sign for mile post 8.

Boat ramp:

The Quinn's Cove site is suitable for launching boats that can be carried. Larger boats should launch from the Columbia River - Shillapoo boat ramp 3000 feet north on Lower River Road.

Boat ramp permits:

A Vehicle Use Permit is required to park or launch at the Columbia River - Shillapoo ramp. As of 2011, the cost is $12. Details are HERE. See "Purchase Today". Permits purchased online take 10 days to be delivered. Permits are good for one year - April 1 to the following March 31.

The permits may also be purchased at retail locations. A retail location in PORTLAND is at FISHERMAN'S MARINE & OUTDOOR, 1120 N HAYDEN MEADOWS DR. This is in the shopping area to the east when taking the 306B exit (306 exit if southbound) from I-5. The closest Vancouver retail location is FRED MEYER'S at 2500 COLUMBIA HOUSE BLVD, VANCOUVER. WA 98661


We camp on the south end of the Caterpillar Island, fairly near the tip. Boats pull up on either the West or East sides.

Other Facilities and Attractions:

There will be a portable restroom at the dock.

There is a large firepit near the dock.

There are very nice bike trails from Frenchman's Bar park to Vancouver Lake.

There is parking both at Quinn's Cove and at the public boat launch. Parking at the public boat launch requires a Washington (WDFW) Vehicle Use Permit. See the description above under "Boat Ramp Permits".

There are a variety of wildlife refuges in the immediate area. These are especially of interest to bird watchers. See Shillapoo Lake.

Fall View, Looking South. Caterpillar Island is on the right. Quinn's Cove is on the left.

Resident otters, "Tommy" and "Tuppence"

A detailed map of the cove is here.