Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show kicks off at Portland Expo Center

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show kicked off its 38th year at the Expo Center on Wednesday - attracting a large crowd on its opening day.

For hunters, anglers, boaters, off-roaders and any other outdoor enthusiasts - this is the event of the year and cars were lined up outside the Expo Center Wednesday morning waiting for the gates to open.

This year's new attraction is the indoor steelhead and salmon river - a 50-foot long, two-foot deep, 10,000-gallon water feature that simulates a natural river with pools, rocks, stumps and a riverbank.

"The Steelhead River is just about as close to real outdoor fishing as you can get indoors," show manager Bill O'Loughlin said. "It's great because the audience can see everything, including the movement of the water and how the fish react to the lures. Sometimes a hooked fish even lands in the lap of an audience member!"

The other big attraction, which has been a crowd favorite for decades, is the kids' trout fishing pond where young anglers can keep or release a live trout. Here's what else you'll find this year:

The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Portland Expo Center on North Marine Drive. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (ages 6 to 16) and free for kids 5 and under. Adults can also purchase a two-day pass for $18.

Parking at the Expo Center is $8, but if you take a few friends or family members you can take advantage of the $7 carpool rate (for three or more in a vehicle). There is also off-site parking at Portland International Raceway and Portland Meadows for $6, which includes a free shuttle ride to the show. If you would rather take public transportation, the MAX Yellow Line stops at the Expo Center.