Tanner- **** Island is about in the middle between ramps on the mainland. Upstream side would be Browns landing, but you have no parking, no dock (have to launch with someone in the boat) and no wake zone down through the docks.
Scappoose Bay is downstream and is a great place and you can run up the channel almost all the way to **** with only a couple of docks to go by.
If you go over to the island, the Gilbert river boat launch/docks are Just below **** island. I haven't been there on land, can't tell you what it's like. It is only about a 1/2 mile below **** island. :grin:
PS- **** island marina has docks, but no launch. You could slip your boat there I believe if you wanted to leave it in the water for a while.
Scappoose is a nice facility, & plenty of parking. Gilbert is a steep one-lane ramp in good condition, parking is limited. Not sure about dock space - nice long dock @ Scappoose. *WATCH THE CHANNEL MARKERS*
Probably the same amount of time to drive to either.
Just go through the booming Megatropolis of Scapoose. As you head toward St Helens, almost there, there is a boat ramp sign directing you off Highway 30 to it. About 2 or three miles past "West Lane" for perspective. You can actually see the facility from the turn off. It is a short run from Hwy 30.
Gilbert is a lot closer to **** Island, but Scapoose Bay is reasonably close (probably 3-4 miles?). Don't forget to buy a Sauvie Island pass though, if you choose to launch there. Scapoose Bay charges to launch and park. $3 I think, but my buds always pay before I get around to it...
PS- there are NO FISH in MC, I repeat, you can not catch fish in MC! Especially if you speed going by all those docks and boats tied up. It scares the fish and they will not bite. If you fish the channel go 1 knot everywhere! :grin: