Annual Conference



The 2023 CAMM conference will be held in person at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon, April 19-21. Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum celebrates the ongoing maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest.  Plan to explore the Museum’s campus, which includes the Main Exhibits Building, the Lightship Columbia, 3D movie theater, Museum Store, Barbey Maritime Center (BMC), Maritime Heritage Resource Center (MHRC), and Warnock Commons and Model Boat Pond, while attending CAMM 2023.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

The museum is at 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, 503-325-2323, and is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. The lightship is open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Conference sessions will be in the Ford/Kern Room next to Admissions in the museum. Lunches in the Barbey Maritime Center at the east end of the campus – walkable. Bring a water bottle – water stations provided but not bottled water.

CAMM attendees will have all the privileges of Museum Members – free admission (before, during and after the conference), free 3D movies and a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

Note: April in Astoria can be chilly, wet and windy – layers, raingear, and warm shoes are recommended.

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is here. Please note it is subject to change


Registration for the full conference is $250.00. To register, please complete the registration form here.

Please note that applications for Leonard Rennie Travel Grants are available. Full information is here.

Getting to Astoria

Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) – approximately 97 miles drive, about 2 hours

Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – approximately 171 miles drive, about 3 hours

Jayride Private Transfers offers town car service from PDX to Astoria, about a $580 rate.

Portland Airport (PDX) to Astoria by bus

The bus journey time between Portland Airport (PDX) and Astoria is around 4 hours and covers a distance of around 106 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 1 hour. Operated by Central Oregon Breeze, Sunset Empire Transport and Point, the Portland Airport (PDX) to Astoria bus service departs from Portland International Airport and arrives in Astoria Transit Center. Typically four buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Sharing Car Rentals

You may access the CAMM closed Facebook group here: to find people who are renting cars close to your times of arrival at Portland or departures from Astoria and arrange to share cars with them.

Hotel Accomodation

Conference headquarters hotel – Cannery Pier Hotel, 10 Basin Street, Astoria. 1.7 miles, 6 minutes by car – walkable on the Riverwalk. On the waterfront, pet friendly, onsite bar and light food service, free breakfast.

Room Block: Mon-Thur – $179 king, $189 double queen, $209 suite; Fri – $204 king, $214 double queen, $234 suite; Sat – rackrate. Must call hotel directly to book 503-325-4996

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 204 West Marine Drive, Astoria. 1.4 miles, 5 minutes by car – walkable on the Riverwalk. On the waterfront, pet friendly, free breakfast

Room Block at $189 – book online or call direct 503-325-6222

Hotel Elliott, 357 12th Street, Astoria. 0.6 miles, 3 minutes by car – very walkable. Downtown, free breakfast

Rooms at $99 – must stay Monday – Friday nights to get this rate, 10 rooms available-call direct 503-325-2222

Optional Tours During the Conference

Arrow 2 Columbia River Tour

1-1/2-hour cruise departs daily at 1:30 pm from the 17th Street dock at the museum. Maximum 6 persons/cruise, reservations required. It is important to tell Capt. Mark Schacher that you are with CAMM when making reservations. Price: $100/person; cash or check preferred, credit card accepted. Pay Capt. Mark Schacher upon boarding.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley.

1-hour 3-mile heritage streetcar tour of the waterfront departing at 2:00 pm daily. Maximum 40 persons/tour. No additional cost.

Saturday, April 22 – 9:00-11:30am – Offsite Excursion (free)

Join us for a tour of an historic shipyard on the Lewis and Clark River, Astoria Marine Construction Company. The shipyard was conceived in 1922 and originally built vessels for fishing and sailing. The facility expanded when the company was awarded military contracts to build ships for the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. It exists today as a time capsule, with equipment and boat building material from decades ago still there.

Meet at the museum for a short presentation on the history of AMCCO with coffee and pastries. Transportation provided from the museum. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on uneven surfaces.

Please email Caroline Wuebben to register,