Most of us take the Columbia River for granted and enjoy looking at the part of it we can see from wherever we are.

But the river is part of a huge inland water highway that stretches over 500 miles from the mouth of the Columbia to Lewiston, Idaho.

The river system here is a huge driver in the chain of commerce, and it connects our region to a nationwide and worldwide network of cargo transport, made possible by ships, tugs and barges – and ultimately on land, by trains and trucks.