• Starting Point Sellwood Riverfront Park - RM 16.5
  • End Point Sellwood Riverfront Park - RM 16.5
  • Why this Trip

    This is the ultimate urban adventure in the heart of downtown Portland. You can experience a large, urban restoration project and see wildlife, such as bald eagles, blue herons, deer, river otter and beavers.

  • Conditions and Equipment

    A canoe or kayak works well for this trip. Although it is all flat water, paddlers can experience wind-driven waves and boat wakes.

  • Amenity Highlights

    Both parks have parking and restrooms.

  • Trip Description

    The Holgate Channel, located on the east side of the island, is now a No Wake Zone (excluding commercial vessels). While Ross Island is owned by various organizations, you are free to wander its shores and enjoy a picnic lunch anywhere below the “ordinary highwater mark”.

    There are multiple locations to access the Ross Island loop. Start and end at Sellwood Riverfront Park just off Spokane Avenue on the east side, or Willamette Park just off Macadam Avenue (Highway 43) and Nebraska Street on the west side, or at the Portland Boathouse Dock near the Hawthorne Bridge.

  1. Sellwood Riverfront Park

      1. Boat Ramp
      2. Picnic Table
      3. Public Dock/Transient Use
      4. Restrooms
      5. Vehicle Access/Parking
      6. Water
      • River Mile 16.5
      • Latitude 45.46648
      • Longitude -122.66449

    This small park offers a good put-in, with parking and a sandy beach at most water levels. For an afternoon getaway, paddlers can access Ross Island, loop around the island…

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  2. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

      • Latitude 45.48166
      • Longitude -122.65381

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  3. Ross Island

      • River Mile 15.5-14
      • Latitude 45.49586
      • Longitude -122.66416

    (Privately owned by Ross Island Sand & Gravel with the exception of the north tip, owned by the Port of Portland, in addition to 45 acres owned by the City…

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  4. Toe Island

      • River Mile 15
      • Latitude 45.48235
      • Longitude -122.66813

    A small gravel island with no amenities, but suitable for a rest stop.

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  5. Willamette Park

      • River Mile 133.34
      • Latitude 44.53804
      • Longitude -123.24847

    A large park with an abundance of rocky beach.

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