Day Trips

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    • 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, Sam Daws Landing, and Buckskin Mary Landing. All of these sites have rustic camp sites. 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 Expert
    • Duration 1 Day
    • Total River Miles 12.5
    • Starting Point Dexter Launch RM 203.5
    • End Point Clearwater Boat Ramp RM 191
    • Why this Trip

      The fast cold water and scenic riverside forest.

    • 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.