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Willamette River Water Trail (OR)

Length: 200+ miles
Waterway: Willametter River from Eugene to Portland, OR

The Willamette River Water Trail is a collection of publicly owned and accessible sites that enable people to travel the river in human-powered craft such as canoes, kayaks, rafts, and drift boats. Along the Willamette, numerous natural areas and parks provide opportunities to access the river just for the day or for camping during longer river trips. These sites make the Willamette Water Trail available to a wide array of people. The Willamette Water Trail project provides key information about these publicly accessible areas and offers helpful hints about safety and river etiquette. The goal of the Water Trail project is to help people use their river more easily, more often, and to facilitate a safe and enjoyable trip on the Willamette.

Whether you want to make a short day trip near Salem or a multi-day excursion of nearly 100 miles, the Willamette Water Trail website and online guide will help. When out on the river, each Water Trail site is marked with signage that has the Water Trail's "canoe" logo (see picture above).

The Water Trail is now fully mapped from Eugene to Portland.

Two guides are available to view and print for free online. The "Upper Stretch" guide covers the Willamette from river mile 106 to 204. It also offers limited sections of the McKenzie River, the Middle Fork and the Coast Fork Willamette. The "Lower Stretch" guide covers the Willamette from the Buena Vista Ferry to it's confluence with the Columbia River near Portland.

While the majority of the rivers in the water trail are moving water without rapids, it is critical to note that parts of the Middle Fork stretch and the Mainstem Willamette in Eugene have Class 2 rapids. These rapids require experience paddling skills and if you do not have a good deal of experience, consider starting your Willamette trip below Eugene.

VIDEO: Basics of the Willamette Watertrail

Contact Info:

Willamette Riverkeeper
1515 SE Water Ave #102
Portland, Oregon 97214

Phone: 503-223-6418
Official website: Watertrail Index

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