Building Strong® at the Skipanon Channel

Skipanon Channel is a tidal waterway extending south 2.7 miles from deep water in Columbia River. The channel enters the Columbia River about 10 miles above the Columbia River's entrance bar, and 4 miles below Astoria, Ore.


The Skipanon Channel serves the city of Warrenton, Ore., which owns a 300-foot public wharf. A small-boat basin has facilities for numerous fishing and recreation craft.


The Corps of Engineers does not maintain recreation facilities at this location. Please stay off the jetties as they are hazardous and not intended for recreational use. Nearby recreational facilities fall under the jurisdiction of private, local or state agencies. Learn more about jetties and why they are unsuitable for recreation at Understanding Coastal Jetties.

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Oregon Coastal Harbors pamphlet

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Phone: 503-808-4510

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 Project description

The channel from the Columbia River to the railroad bridge at Warrenton is 1.8 miles long, 200 feet wide, and 30 feet deep.
The turning basin is 30 feet deep.
The mooring basin is 12 feet deep.

Above the railroad bridge, the channel is 4,500 feet long, 40 feet wide (with increased widths at log dumps and terminals) and 6 feet deep.

The Rivers and Harbor Acts of: July 3,1930; Aug. 26, 1937, and June 30, 1948.