Consider packing the items below.
In Oregon, paddlers are required by law to have:
- A Personal Floatation Device (PFD) or “lifejacket”. Children 12 years old and younger are required by law to wear PFDs when in boats that are underway.
- A signaling device such as a whistle
- A light (a headlamp or cell phone light is considered adequate)
- If your paddle craft is 10ft or longer, you must have a Waterway Access Permit. For more information visit the Oregon State Marine Board.
Other suggested items include:
- Willamette River Water Trail guide (waterproof maps)
- Extra clothing (for warmth, or in the event of an unexpected swim!)
- Consider wearing wicking/quick drying clothes such as fleece and polypropylene as opposed to cotton
- Extra paddle
- Pump or bailer
- River knife (especially if you carry rope of any kind: painters, tow belt, or throw bag)
- First aid kit
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Dry bags of various sizes
- Drinking water
- Cell phone (most areas on the trail have service) or VHF radio
- Rain or sun hat with brim
- Shade shelter
- Paddling gloves or “poggies”
- A wetsuit or drysuit depending on the season
- Additional flotation such as “float bags” (some very simple recreational style kayaks do not have flotation. Consider what happens if you capsize- if your boat fills with water, will it float?)
- A dry toilet system such as a Clean Waste WAG Bag or a groover (especially if your campsite has no amenities)
- Trash bags (please be prepared to pack out all of your trash including toilet paper and wipes!)
- Camp chair
- water cannon (choose your battles wisely ;)
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