• Starting Point Bernert Landing
  • End Point Bernert Landing
  • Why this Trip

    Located about 3 miles upstream of Willamette Falls, the Willamette Narrows features some of the most unique geology and habitat along the entire mainstem river! Most of the property in this area consists of scenic natural areas owned by Metro or the Nature Conservancy. We love that you can explore a beautiful area of the river while not having to set a shuttle, since you can paddle in a loop (for the most part, see “safety alerts”).

  • Trip Description

    At most times of the year, you may paddle out and back from Burnert Landing, also refered to as “Willamette Park in West Linn” by locals. Skip the traffic at the boat ramp and instead park in the porous parking lot located at the base of the hill as you drive down into the park. From there, carry your paddle craft a short distance to a small beach located next to the mouth of the Tualatin River. Paddle upstream about a mile, along the west bank (river left), until you reach Little Rock Island. Explore the nooks and crannies between the basalt rock features as you make your way up the backchannel. Once clear of the channel, ferry across the river to explore Rock Island and the surrounding area before returning to Bernert Landing.

  1. Bernert Landing

      1. Boat Ramp
      2. Public Dock/Transient Use
      3. Restrooms
      4. Trash Can
      5. Vehicle Access/Parking
      • River Mile 28.5
      • Latitude 45.33888
      • Longitude -122.65211

    LoadingAlso know as Willamette Park in West Linn, this property makes an excellent put-in for a short trip up to Willamette Narrows and a great take-out for longer trips. You…

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  2. Rock Island and Little Rock Island

      • River Mile 31-30
      • Latitude 45.31991
      • Longitude -122.66156

    LoadingRock Island (67 acres)and Little Rock Island (12 acres) make a great suburban getaway. The area has madrone and oak-covered hillsides and rock faces overlooking the deep and relatively narrow…

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  3. Rock Island Landing

      • River Mile 29-31
      • Latitude 45.31408
      • Longitude -122.66561

    LoadingThis 469-acre property, which is owned by Metro and the State of Oregon, is a fantastic natural area. Paddlers can take out in the small embayment immediately above the landing…

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