Be Courteous

Be considerate of other river users. Don’t use the boat ramp if other space is available. If you do use the ramp, get organized before you get to the ramp so you can launch or take out quickly. Be wary of those fishing from the bank or from boats and keep a respectful distance from their fishing lines!

Respect Private Property

Although the river is a public resource, it should be assumed that property is private unless otherwise noted on a sign or map. Respect all No Trespassing and No Hunting signs. The success of the Willamette Water Trail and other river recreation is built on public lands, and not trespassing in private lands. When camping, be aware of the boundaries of OPRD Greenways or other parks. For more information, see Who Owns Our Waterways, Oregon Department of State Lands,

Leave No Trace

As you travel the river by canoe or kayak and plan to spend the night along the river, it’s important to remember to adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace. The LNT ethic means that people should leave campsites and other public areas better than they found them! For more information about LNT ethic, visit