Welcome to the Willamette Water Trail
Grab a paddle, and discover the remarkable Willamette River – on the Willamette River Water Trail! Flowing through forests, meadows, parks, farms, and cities large and small, our nationally recognized water trail connects communities and visitors to Oregon’s celebrated Willamette Valley, and provides an accessible adventure in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. So go ahead, soak it up!Get to Know the Willamette River Water Trail
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Help Expand Your Water Trail
…and protect habitat too!
Norwood Island, situated at the confluence of the Willamette and Long Tom Rivers (RM 149), is 90 acres of floodplain lands that will serve well for a new water trail campsite. Once used as farmland, the island is in the Upper Willamette section of the river and has been significantly replanted with native trees and shrubs. It also has an amazing backchannel, replete with native Freshwater Mussel beds.
Willamette Riverkeeper has implemented a campaign to raise $75k by March 1st, 2014 to secure the purchase of Norwood Island from a private land owner. With your help we have raised $63k so far! View the recent article “Gaining Ground” which highlights a visit to the island with Riverkeeper. Together we can make this beautiful island accessible to all water trail users. Help us raise the remaining 12k by making a Special Contribution Today.
Join Paddle Oregon- the premier canoe & kayak adventure on the Willamette River! This annual paddling migration is known to inspire laughter, learning, and love of rivers. Scheduled for August 18th-22nd 2014; details and registration available in March at www.PaddleOregon.org
An “Amazing Adventure For 2013″ -Rapid Media
Rapid Media‘s Early Summer 2013 edition of “Canoeroots” Magazine profiled the Willamette River Water Trail as one of 13 “AWESOME CANOE TRIPS OF A LIFETIME,” alongside the popular Bowron Lakes circuit and the Yukon River. That’s right, our river is special folks!
Willamette Water Trail Basics
Oregon Field Guide: The Story of Our Willamette Greenway