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"Boardman, Oregon"
Includes ... Boardman ... Boardman Marine Park ... Boardman Marina ... Boardman RV Park ... Potlatch Plantation ...
Image, 2005, Boardman, Oregon, Marina, click to enlarge
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Boardman, Oregon, Marina: Image taken September 24, 2005.


Boardman ...
Boardman is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 268, downstream of Irrigon and upstream of Arlington. Boardman lies on the banks of Lake Umatilla, the reservoir behind the John Day Dam. From Boardman, the Whitcomb Island Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge is located across the Columbia on the Washington side, with Canoe Ridge rising along the horizon. The Blalock Islands are upstream. Lewis and Clark passed through this area on October 20, 1805, and described the many islands present at that time in the Columbia.

Early Boardman ...
Boardman was named after Samuel H. Boardman who filed a homestead claim on land which became the original town of Boardman. In 1916 the town was platted and the Boardman Post Office was established in July.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Managment's General Land Office Records Website (2007) shows Samuel H. Boardman being granted title to 133.5 acres for parts of T4N R25E Section 8 on November 29, 1909 (1862 Homestead Entry Original).

In the 1960s the town of Boardman was relocated to the south as the waters of Lake Umatilla, the reservoir behind the John Day Dam, covered much of the original townsite.


Boardman in 1940 ...
From the Oregon State Archives "A 1940 Journey Across Oregon":

"... BOARDMAN, 19.8 m. (250 alt., 100 pop.), lies in an area that holds the fossilized remains of many prehistoric animals. Specimens include part of a mastodon tooth, bones of fishes, of the three toed horse, of the rhinoceros, and bits of turtle shell. ..."



Boardman, etc.

  • Boardman Marina ...
  • Boardman Marine Park ...
  • Boardman RV Park ...
  • Sunset ...


Boardman Marina ...

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Boardman Marina, Boardman, Oregon: Image taken September 24, 2005.
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Morning, Boardman Marina, Boardman, Oregon: Image taken October 2, 2006.
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Morning, Boardman Marina, Boardman, Oregon: Image taken October 2, 2006.


Boardman Marine Park ...

Image, 2005, Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park, click to enlarge
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Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park: Image taken September 24, 2005.
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Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park: Image taken September 29, 2006.
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Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park: Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2005, Geese, Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park, click to enlarge
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Geese, Boardman, Oregon, Marine Park: Image taken September 24, 2005.


Boardman RV Park ...

Image, 2006, Boardman RV Park, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. In the background is the marina's lagoon and jetty, with the Columbia River and Washington hills behind. Image taken October 2, 2006.
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Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. The Columbia River is in the background. Lissa and Genna are in the pen. Image taken October 1, 2006.
Image, 2006, Boardman, Oregon, sunset, click to enlarge
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Sunset from campsite at Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. View from campsite at the Boardman RV Park looking across marina lagoon at the marina park and jetty, with the Columbia in the background. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Evening, Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Sunrise, Boardman Marina and Marine Park, from Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. Image taken October 2, 2006.
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Morning silhouette, Boardman RV Park, Boardman, Oregon. Image taken October 2, 2006.


Sunset ...

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Sunset, Boardman, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park looking across marina lagoon at the marina park and jetty, with the Columbia in the background. Image taken October 1, 2006.
Image, 2006, Columbia River sunset from Boardman, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Columbia River sunset, as seen from Boardman, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park looking across marina lagoon at the marina park and jetty, with the Columbia in the background. Image taken October 1, 2006.
Image, 2006, Mount Hood sunset from Boardman, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mount Hood sunset, as seen from Boardman, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Sunset, Boardman Marina, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Sunset, Boardman Marina, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Colors, Boardman Marina, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park. Image taken October 1, 2006.
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Final Light, Boardman Marina, Oregon. View from Boardman RV Park. Image taken October 1, 2006.


Views from Boardman ...

Image, 2005, Boardman Jetty with Columbia River, click to enlarge
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Jetty at Boardman Marina, Boardman, Oregon. The Columbia River and the banks of Washington State are in the background. Image taken September 24, 2005.
Image, 2003, Columbia River and Canoe Ridge, Washington, click to enlarge
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Columbia River (Lake Umatilla) with Canoe Ridge, as seen from Boardman, Oregon: Whitcomb Island is just visible along the Washington State shoreline (greenery), as Canoe Ridge rises above. Image taken September 26, 2003.
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Columbia River (Lake Umatilla) with Canoe Ridge, as seen from Boardman, Oregon: Whitcomb Island is just visible along the Washington State shoreline (greenery), as Canoe Ridge rises above. Image taken September 26, 2003.


Potlatch Plantation ...

South of Irrigon and east of Boardman and bordering Interstate 84 lies the 17,000-acre Potlatch Plantation.
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Image, 2005, Hybrid Poplars, Potlatch Plantation, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Old and new growth, Hybrid Poplars, Potlatch Plantation, Oregon. View from driving Interstate 84 near Boardman, Oregon. Image taken September 25, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 20, 1805 ...
A cool morning wind S. W. we concluded to delay untill after brackfast which we were obliged to make on the flesh of dog. after brackfast we gave all the Indian men Smoke, and we Set out leaveing about 200 of the nativs at our Encampment [near Irrigon, Oregon]; passd. three Indian Lodges on the Lard Side a little below our Camp [Irrigon, Oregon] which lodges <we> I did not discover last evening, passed a rapid at Seven miles one at a Short distance below we passed a verry bad rapid, a chane or rocks makeing from the Stard. Side and nearly Chokeing the river up entirely with hugh black rocks [Lewis and Clark called these rapids "Pelican Rapids"] an Island below close under the Stard. Side on which was four Lodges of Indians drying fish,- here I Saw a great number of pelicons on the wing, and black Comerants [American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants]. at one oClock we landed on the lower point of <Some> an Island at Some Indian Lodges, a large Island on the Stard Side nearly opposit and a Small one a little below on the Lard Side on those three Island I counted Seventeen Indian Lodges, ...

[Lewis and Clark are passing through the Blalock Islands area. Today most of the islands are beneath the waters of Lake Umatilla, the reservoir behind the John Day Dam. In this vicinity are today's Boardman, Whitcomb Island, Canoe Ridge, slightly downstream is Crow Butte and historic Castle Rock, along with the many lands of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge.]

after diner we proceeded on to a bad rapid at the lower point of a Small Island on which four Lodges of Indians were Situated drying fish; here the high countrey Commences again on the Stard. Side [Alder Ridge] leaveing a vallie of 40 miles in width, from the mustle Shel rapid [Umatilla Rapids at the McNary Dam]. examined and passed this rapid close to the Island at 8 miles lower passed a large Island near the middle of the river a brook on the Stard. Side [Alder Creek] and 11 Islds. all in view of each other below, a riverlit [Willow Creek] falls in on the Lard. Side behind a Small Island a Small rapid below. The Star Side is high rugid hills [Alder Ridge], the Lard. Side a low plain and not a tree to be Seen in any Direction except a fiew Small willow bushes which are Scattered partially on the Sides of the bank

The river to day is about 1/4 of a mile in width; this evening the Countrey on the Lard. Side [area around Arlington, Oregon] rises to the hight of that on the Starboard Side [ridge above Roosevelt], and is wavering- we made 42 <days> miles to day [to Roosevelt, Washington]; the current much more uniform than yesterday or the day before. Killed 2 Speckle guls Severl. ducks of a delicious flavour.





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland; Oregon State Archives website, 2005, "A 1940 Journey Across Oregon"; U.S. Bureau of Land Management General Land Office (GLO) Records website, 2007.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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