Youngs Bay

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View of the "new" Youngs Bay Bridge from the remains of the sidewheeler T. J. Potter on the northeast shore of Youngs Bay.

Youngs Bay, or Youngs River Bay, is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Oregon. The Youngs River meets the Columbia River at this point, which is situated between Astoria and Warrenton.

The bay is named for the Youngs River, which was discovered in 1792 by William Robert Broughton of the Vancouver Expedition. The river was named for Admiral Sir George Young of the British Royal Navy.

There are two road bridges that cross the bay, with the busiest being the new Youngs Bay Bridge, a vertical-lift bridge that spans approximately 1.75 miles (2.82 km) and is a two-lane part of U.S. Route 101 running north to south. There is also the Old Youngs Bay Bridge about two miles to the east. For 90 years, until 1986, a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) railroad trestle also crossed the bay. Built in 1896 for the Astoria and Columbia River Railway Company, it was later transferred to the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway, and finally to Burlington Northern Railroad. It included a swing-type draw span. The 1964-opened New Youngs Bay Bridge passed over the top of the SP&S bridge near the north river bank. The railroad bridge was used for the last time in 1982 and was dismantled in 1986.[1]

The bay is fished extensively for sturgeon and salmon, when in season. Most of the gillnetting community moors and fishes in Youngs Bay. The bay can be seen rising and falling significantly with the tides created where the bay meets the Columbia River, which meets the Pacific Ocean approximately 10 miles (16 km) to the west.

A long bridge crosses a huge river flowing into a vast body of water under a blue sky. The bridge begins in a settlement with streets, buildings, and wharfs along the river and extends out of sight toward a low hill on the far shore. The first part of the bridge has a superstructure and is high above the water but then the bridge gradually descends and continues out of sight not so far above the water.
Youngs Bay, seen in the distant left, past Astoria, Oregon; where it meets the Columbia River.


  1. ^ "Trestle removal accents demise of railroad line". The Oregonian (Willamette Valley ed.). Associated Press. December 10, 1986. p. C14.

Coordinates: 46°10′29″N 123°51′58″W / 46.174828°N 123.865976°W / 46.174828; -123.865976