The Columbia River Bar is opened and closed to navigation at the discretion of the United States Coast Guard. The Columbia River Bar Pilots provide their status for providing pilotage services as a courtesy based on existing or anticipated weather conditions. This status may be inaccurate if conditions change rapidly or unexpectedly.
Bar Status Signals
• GREEN: Normal operations. No delays anticipated.
• YELLOW: Some inbound or outbound delays can be expected.
• RED: No, or very limited, inbound or outbound traffic.
The information above is also available on the Merchants Exchange web site.