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
News & Events
The Great Willamette Cleanup
Get dirty for good at the 6th Annual Great Willamette Cleanup: 187 trash-bagging miles of rampant do-gooderism by river rats who believe rivers aren’t landfills. This river wide, paddling-based cleanup will boost your river karma, and the health of your homewaters. October 4th 2014, REGISTER TODAY
New Water Trail Campsite!
Thanks to your support, Willamette Riverkeeper was able to purchase Norwood Island from a private land owner this past spring! Situated at the confluence of the Willamette and Long Tom Rivers (RM 149), Norwood’s 90 acres of floodplain lands will serve well for new water trail campsites. 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 (note- the wooden bridge in this backchannel was washed out in the spring of 2013, making passage easier). Riverkeeper and their volunteers are actively working to remove invasive weeds on the island and to improve habitat.
Join Paddle Oregon, the premier canoe & kayak adventure on the Willamette River, scheduled for August 18th-22nd 2014! This annual paddling migration is known to inspire laughter, learning, and love of rivers. Enjoy exclusive campsites at vineyards and hop yards, gourmet meals, nightly entertainment, educational opportunities, and FREE Teva’s for the first 100 registrants! Details and registration available 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!
Oregon Field Guide: The Story of Our Willamette Greenway