Thunder Island

Rent your own island in the Columbia River for your wedding ceremony or next event!

Thunder Island is a small island that was carved out of the mainland in 1890 to build the Cascade Locks and Canal. The historic locks and canal provided safe passage around the rapids for ships traveling up and down the Columbia River. Today the island is used by visitors for walking, picnicking, photography, and special events. The island boasts views of the mountain peaks across the river, forested Gorge cliffs, and the famous Bridge of the Gods just down river. Visitors enjoy watching barges, fishermen, and sail boats in action.

Thunder Island is a short walk from the mainland, accessible by a footbridge. The island offers maintained lawns with trees, scattered picnic tables, and a wooden platform overlooking the water for special ceremonies. A small shed contains 200 white resin chairs included in the wedding platform rental. One power outlet is located near the platform. Nearby interpretive information boards tell of the geology of the Gorge and history of the locks.

For all reservation questions, please call the Port Office at (541) 374-2404.

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