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Destination Willamette River – Trip Itinerary Suggestions for Paddlers

If you like to have a destination in mind before you set sail on the Willamette River, take a look at the many itineraries listed in the Willamette River Water Trail Guide. Here is just a sample to “wet your paddle:”

Itinerary – Portland Boathouse to Cathedral Park

  • Skill Level Intermediate
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Total River Miles 7.5
  • Starting Point Portland Boathouse – RM 13.5
  • End Point Cathedral Park – RM 6
  • Why this Trip

This is a fascinating and seldom paddled stretch of the Willamette.
ï  Itinerary – Loop Around Ross Island

  • 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.
ï  Itinerary – Willamette Falls from Sportcraft Marina

  • 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.
ï  Itinerary – Wheatland Ferry to San Salvador State Park

  • Skill Level Intermediate
  • Duration 2 Days
  • Total River Miles 15 miles
  • Starting Point Wheatland Bar – RM 72
  • End Point San Salvador State Park – RM 57
  • Why this Trip

It provides a wonderful look at the backchannel of Wheatland Bar, immediately across from the put-in, and you can also enjoy riverside wine tasting at Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery and Vineyard.
ï  Itinerary – Wallace Marine Park to Willamette Mission State Park

  • Skill Level Beginner
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Total River Miles 12
  • Starting Point Wallace Marine Park – RM 84
  • End Point Willamette Mission State Park – RM 72
  • Why this Trip

The wonderful Keizer Rapids Park and Willamette Mission State Park provide an abundance of scenery and wildlife-viewing opportunities. You can also find a couple of nice campsites on this stretch.

For more information about the Willamette River Water Traail, visit www.WillametteRiverkeeper.org or http://willamettewatertrail.org/about-the-water-trail/river-health/

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