The 149′ long, 36 foot wide paddle wheeler is a replica of 19th century Sternwheelers (specifically the Bailey Gazert) and was built in Hood River by Nichols Boat Works in 1983. The vessel is licensed to hold 499 passengers, but only 160 passengers can be accommodated for meal cruises and 400 for sightseeing.
The Sternwheeler travels approximately 11 miles per hour (10 knots) with the paddle wheel as the basic means of propulsion.
Cascade Locks, OR is approximately 45 minutes East of downtown Portland, 20 miles West of Hood River, and 40 miles West of The Dalles. This is just across the river from Stevenson, WA (about 10 minutes). The actual Sternwheeler dock is located in Marine Park at the Locks Waterfront Grill in Cascade Locks.
The cruising season for the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler is May through the end of October. The first Saturday in November the Sternwheeler is re-positioned to Portland where it assists in the holiday cruises and any routine maintenance is performed before returning the following April to start a new season in May.