The Willamette River is the heartbeat of Oregon, flowing 187 miles from the slopes of the central Cascades to Portland with many bends, riffles and calm pools along the way. In Oregon City, the river plummets over iconic Willamette Falls, known as tumwata to Oregon’s first peoples. The second biggest waterfall in North America, Willamette Falls is at the center of the story of Oregon City.
But the Willamette River is more than a scenic backdrop or piece of history. It’s every twist and turn provide ample recreation opportunities from quick stand-up paddleboard (SUP) outings to multiday canoe or kayak camping trips. The Willamette Water Trail links these recreation experiences together into a series of itineraries that span the length of the river. In addition to detailed itineraries and maps, the Willamette Water Trail website also offers safety tips, permitting information and outfitter listings, so you can be sure you have everything you need to explore the river.
After launching from Clackamette or Jon Storm Park, or grabbing a kayak rental from eNRG Kayking you can explore the Willamette River all the way from the Falls, downriver to the community of Milwaukie.