Shuttle “How To” and Options
Shuttleology- it can feel like a real science sometimes! While there are a few areas of the river where you can wander out and back in a loop, due to the current, that is uncommon on much of the river.
On the Upper and Mid river, your trip will likely involve a “put-in” or launch point at a designated location or point “A,” and a river access “take-out” of your choosing at secondary location or a point “B.” Your shuttle plan is what will get you, your paddling buddies and all your gear from one point to the other at the end of your trip.
We wish that there were more options for shuttle services in the Willamette Basin! While there are no formal shuttle services at this time, due to the close proximity of civilization throughout the Valley, these days one should not rule out calling Uber or Lyft to collect you from the take-out, and return you to your vehicle at the put-in (provided you have a buddy present to watch your gear at the take-out while you are gone).
The Salem based Woodward Surf Company runs a limited shuttle service for customers who rent their recreational kayaks or SUPs. They cannot accomodate paddlers who are using their own personal touring-style boat.
When in comes to parking your vehicle at a public river access site, especially if you are beginning a multi-day trip, make sure all of your valuables are tucked away, and that your roof rack system is secured. If you are not sure if it is safe or permissible to leave your vehicle at a certain site overnight, contact the managing body and let them know that you are a Water Trail user. They can make a recomendation for you, or give you permission to park overnight.