FISHERMAN’S SLOUGH AT CATERPILLAR ISLAND — From their floating home’s great room, Lloyd and Bev Kadow watch a blue heron dip its beak into the water near Caterpillar Island. Their front-row seat to wildlife viewing affords frequent views of bald eagles, ospreys, raccoons, beavers, otters, deer and coyotes. When the heron flies away, Bev gathers water bottles before the couple steps outside to cruise on their pontoon boat.
A sign above their door reads: “Paradise found.”
Indeed, the Kadows have found their paradise as owners of Kadow’s Marina, which floats on a bucolic stretch of Fisherman’s Slough a mile north of Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. It’s tucked between farmers’ fields and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, whose southern boundary is about two miles north of the marina.
Lloyd says they bought the marina because of their love for the river. “We camp, waterski, fish, boat,” he said. They thought life on the river would be good. “And it has been.”
Growing up on water
Lloyd Kadow grew up on the Columbia River. His parents, Beulah “Boots” Kadow and Roy Kadow, a longshoreman, owned Vancouver Boat Harbor on the Columbia River just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge beginning in 1949.
The growing family lived in an upstairs apartment in a boathouse (a building that houses boats).