Marine Area 1 encompasses the area from the Columbia River north to Leadbetter Point at the north end of Long Beach.
Marine Area 1 is renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing during the summer. Over half the salmon caught in the ocean fisheries are caught in Marine Area 1. Ilwaco is the primary access point for Area 1, although anglers can also launch at Chinook and Warrington on the Oregon side. Anglers fishing Area 1 can also fish south of the Columbia River to Cape Falcon in Oregon with their Washington license.
The Columbia River bar is one of the most dangerous in the country. Anglers should watch the weather and tides carefully. Only go out when you know the conditions will allow you to cross the bar safely, both going and coming back. Experienced boaters plan their trips to avoid crossing the bar during peak outgoing tides.