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Skamania Lodge Salmon Chowder: A Hearty Winter Dish

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Ed Note: Skamania Lodge is a Cascadian-style lodge located 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon, on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Built in 1993, it was designed to be reminiscent of the great lodges of the early 1900s, with all of the amenities of a modern-day first-class resort.

This recipe for Skamania Lodge’s Salmon Chowder is their most requested recipe and one of its most popular. It features all the flavors of a classic chowder, but with lots of vegetables and smoked salmon for a delicious and healthful twist.


Skamania Lodge Salmon Chowder

Recipe courtesy Skamania Lodge.

Serves 6 to 8

½ cup diced celery

½ cup diced red bell pepper

½ cup chopped leeks

1 oz chopped garlic

½ cup diced white onion

1 cup fresh corn

4 oz butter

4 oz flour

16 oz clam juice

16 oz water

1 oz fresh thyme

8 oz smoked salmon

Heavy cream to taste


Cook the vegetables in the butter. Once tender, add the flour to create a roux. Cook the roux until it is blonde in color then add the clam juice and water. Once thickened, add the cream as desired for a richer flavor. Once the chowder is desired consistency, add the thyme and smoked salmon and serve immediately.




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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

2 thoughts on “Skamania Lodge Salmon Chowder: A Hearty Winter Dish

  1. Elizabeth Adrian

    This is not the same salmon chowder published in the Oregonian when we lived in Portland. My husband used to have conferences at Skamania Lodge. I have made their recipe many times, but I have misplaced it, the recipe I had, used fennel in it, and bacon to sauté the vegetables in!

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