Day Trips

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  1. Itinerary

    Ash Island Loop

    • Skill Level Beginner
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 2.5
    • Starting Point Rodgers Landing
    • End Point Rodgers Landing
    • Why this Trip

      This can be a fun half-day paddle with the highlight being the relative solitude and nature of Ash Island’s back channel.

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 4
    • 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”).

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 7.5
    • Starting Point Hawthorne Bridge - RM 13.5
    • End Point Cathedral Park - RM 6
    • Why this Trip

      This is a fascinating and seldom paddled stretch of the Willamette.

    • Skill Level Beginner
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 5
    • 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.

    • Skill Level Beginner
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 5
    • Starting Point Sportcraft - RM 24
    • End Point Willamette Falls - RM 26.5
    • Why this Trip

      Willamette Falls is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest by water volume, second largest in the United States behind Niagara Falls.

    • Skill Level Beginner
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 12
    • Starting Point Wallace Marine Park - RM 84
    • End Point Wheatland Ferry - RM 72
    • Why this Trip

      Lincoln Access, Windsor Island, and Wilamette Mission State Park all provide an abundance of scenery, wildlife and history, all with easy access from the city. You can also find a couple of nice campsites on this stretch.

    • Skill Level Beginner
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 9
    • Starting Point Peoria Park - RM 141
    • End Point Crystal Lake - RM 132
    • Why this Trip

      This is a good stretch for the whole family, with only occasional stretches of swift current.

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 19.5
    • Starting Point Harrisburg - RM 161
    • End Point Peoria Park - RM 141.5
    • Why this Trip

      You can get a great view of Mary’s Peak to the west and you pass Norwood Island, Harken’s Lake, a nice DSL Island, and Buckskin Mary Landing. All of these sites have rustic camp sites. Norwood and Norwood East are owned and managed by Willamette Riverkeeper. Norwood propper has some nice walking trails. There are ample Greenway sites along this stretch, including the parks listed above, and there is an abundance of forest, backwaters, side channels and overall beauty. In the summer this stretch can be busy, but there is also quite a bit of room to spread out.

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 8
    • Starting Point Marshall Island Landing - RM 169
    • End Point Harrisburg - RM 161
    • Why this Trip

      This is another wonderful open stretch of the Willamette with multiple side channels that shift from year to year and season to season. There are multiple camp sites on this stretch, and large OPRD and DSL gravel bars upon which to camp.

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 6
    • Starting Point Whitely Landing - RM 175
    • End Point Marshall Island Access - RM 169
    • Why this Trip

      You can view one of the Willamette’s most dynamic areas and get a sense of what backchannel habitat used to look like along the river.

    • Skill Level Intermediate
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 10
    • Starting Point Cloverdale Access - RM 12.5
    • End Point Mount Pisgah - RM 2.5
    • Why this Trip

      Scenic views of a lively river that is not often traveled.