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We spent the afternoon paddling down the Willamette. The fall colors are out and beautiful. No wind, lots of sunshine, crisp, but warm - a perfect day! We started in Corvallis, OR at Michael's Landing, and went down river to Bryant Park in Albany.
We stopped at Hyak Park for lunch and a restroom break. The little dock is now several inches under water. A group of us broke off and explored a little slough just past Hyak Park on the opposite side of the river. It's a nice little detour, if you want to make the trip a little longer.
The Willamette is a little higher, and a little faster than in the summer, which made it an even more pleasant paddle. The low spots are gone, and the little riffles are smoothed out. There are lots of nice glassy sections. We ran into a number of little whirlpools that make the boats shudder.
We saw the usual ducks and geese on the water, and got rather close to a few of them. Toward the end of the trip, we spotted a family of otter close by. Once the otters spotted the kayaks, they ducked under water and we didn't see them again. One of the best trips we've had this year.
Touring Kayak Paddles