Scappoose Bay Marine Park Nature Trail and Kayak Launch is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Warren, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Take a stroll around the interpretive nature trail before launching your kayak to explore the Multnomah Channel This is a great place to bring a daughter or son. First, take a walk around the interpretive nature trail with them along the shore and through the wooded area to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Then, rent a canoe/kayak and set off to explore the Scappoose Bay and the Multnomah Channel. This entire area is spectacular for bird watching as well.
This is labeled as moderate, but it's definitely easy. It's located off the parking lot of scappoose bay marina. As of now (early 2017) it's still a lovely paved trail, handicap accessible. Lovely river views greet you near the bottom of the trail. As far as parking goes, yes there is technically a charge because the lot is used mainly by boaters and they pay to park their trucks and trailers. near the restroom there is a guest parking spot. never seen a ticket given
The parking now costs $3.
It's a fairly modest walk but is completely wheelchair accessible with new-looking pavement (as of Jan '14) and benches along the way. It seems perfect if you want a nature walk for the elderly or someone with special needs.
It's called an interpretive walk but is pretty light on interpretation. We found a single ammo box with a laminated card inside.
Dogs are allowed on leash. Clean, plumbed bathrooms.
There is a nice six-table group picnic shelter with huge a fire pit inside. (reservations needed) I could imagine having a family reunion with some people doing water sports and the less adventurous taking the walk.
I visited this nature trail with my son during an Earth Day cleanup event sponsored by SOLVe Oregon. We had a great time clearing out the saw grass that had overgrown many of the planting beds along the trail. As a hike, I found it to be too short to properly wear out my energetic Cub Scout, but we will back for more conservation work if any is scheduled.