The Port of Morrow, Morrow County, and Boardman, Oregon, are great places where outdoor-lovers can hunt, fish, enjoy the water, and walk paved trails along the Columbia River.
The Port of Morrow has a subtype of Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and rainy but mild winters. Temperatures range from an average high of about 22°C (72°F) in July and August to an average low of 0°C (32°F) in December and January. Rainfall in the Port of Morrow is generally low, peaking from November through January at just over 2.5 centimeters (one inch). Humidity is lowest in the summer at just under 60% (July and August) and highest from November through February at just over 80%. Light snowfall comes to the Port of Morrow from October through April, with the majority of snow falling in January (18 centimeters or seven inches).
The Boardman Marina Park is a 57-hectare recreational facility operated by the Boardman Park and Recreation District. It has a modern boat harbor and a full-service RV campground with showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and free WiFi service. The marina has a fish- and game-cleaning station. The Marina offers free transient boat slips and dock-side pump-out service as well as a free two-lane boat launch. The Boardman Marina Park has a variety of areas for day use recreation including a swimming area, paved walking paths, picnic tables and barbecues, playgrounds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, softball fields, and sandlot volleyball.
The Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge is just 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) west of and surrounds the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River. The refuge is popular with wildlife lovers and bird watchers. It contains a mix of open water, seasonal wetlands, shallow marsh, islands, shrub-steppe upland habitat, sloughs, and cropland. This refuge is an important stopping point for migrating waterfowl, nesting birds, bald eagles, and wildlife. It is located on the Pacific Flyway used by geese and ducks. Most areas in the refuge are remote and without amenities like drinking water and restrooms. There is no public drinking water available at the refuge, so visitors should plan their visits carefully. The most popular activities at the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge near the Port of Morrow include observing and photographing wildlife, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting. Camping is not allowed, but camping facilities are available at the Port of Morrow's Boardman Marina.