Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler Cruises in Cascade Locks, OR

Portland Spirit Cruises & EventsCascade LocksCascade Locks, OR 97014
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Come and enjoy the history and culture of the Columbia River Gorge on this triple-deck paddle wheel riverboat! The Cascade Locks' sternwheeler offers an authentic and romantic view of the city. On either of the Columbia River dinner, brunch, or day cruise options, you will be able to see the Bridge of the Gods, Wind Mountain & more from a unique perspective on the water!

1-2 hour 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Cascade Locks Travel Experts
  • Parking is available.
  • Tour departure area is near public transportation.
  • Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Business casual or dressy casual is recommended for meal cruises. Casual attire for sightseeing cruises.
  • Solid, non-slip footwear is recommended, as well as layered clothing due to the unpredictable climate on the rivers. High-heeled shoes are strongly discouraged.
  • Vegan or Gluten-Free options available options are available by request when booking.
  • Alcoholic beverages are available upon purchase.
  • Tour narration available on the top of the boat.


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Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge aboard a Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, an authentic triple-deck paddle wheeler that provides breathtaking 360-degree views.

The tour boards from Marine Park at Cascade Locks, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Enjoy a laid back cruise around the river, under the Bridge of the Gods, past the Native American salmon fishermen and back to the dock.

Select from one of three (3) tour options: sightseeing, brunch or dinner. Learn about the Gorge's formation, landmarks and natural wonders with live narration from your captain. You'll also learn about the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the Oregon Trail, riverboats, and the

The Sternwheeler travels alternate directions every hour. If available, stay on board for the second hour at no additional charge if you would like to see both directions of the river.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase from the full-service bar onboard. There is no assigned seating. Inside seating is not guaranteed.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler Cruises

Is parking provided? 

For cruises departing from Caruthers Landing (110 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214), there is a private parking lot available at no additional cost. For cruises departing from the Salmon Street Springs Fountain (1010 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland OR 97204), they suggest either the World Trade Center parking garage or Smart Park parking garage on SW Jefferson. Street parking may also be available.

What should I wear?

The sightseeing cruises are casual dress. Wear business casual or dressy casual for meal cruises. High-heeled shoes are not recommended. Instead, opt for solid, non-slip footwear as you will be in a marine environment. Also, consider wearing layered clothing as the climate on the rivers can be unpredictable.

Where is it located?

The cruises can board at either Caruthers Landing or Salmon Street Springs Fountain. Public cruises start boarding 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • Caruthers Dock: 110 SE Caruthers St. Portland OR 97214
  • Salmon Springs Dock: 1010 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Is the cruise appropriate for children?

Children are welcome on all cruises except for those cruises specified as limited to age 21 and over. 

Is the ship wheelchair accessible?

The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler is wheelchair accessible on the lower decks with certain restrictions.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, you'll find lots of great photo opportunities. 

How long is the tour?

The brunch and dinner cruises are 2 hours in duration. The sightseeing cruise is 1 hour. 

What type of food is served? 

All the food is prepared fresh onboard in the ship's galley. Menus change daily. For the plated meal cruises, the cruise offers seafood, beef, poultry, and vegetarian options. Your server will make you aware of available selections shortly after you board. You have the option to pre-order shrimp cocktails, appetizers, desserts, and other items when you make your reservation. Vegetarian options are regularly available as one of the entrées for plated meal cruises. Vegan options are available by request when booking.