The cool, inviting water of the Willamette River is calling. Whether you want to make a splash or see the sights from a new perspective, Wilsonville, Oregon is an excellent launching off point. Throw on a lifejacket, paddle smart and take to the river with a friend for your next aquatic adventure!
Kayaking, Canoeing & Standup Paddle Boarding
One of the best ways to explore the river is by kayak or canoe. (Or cruise along, paddle in hand, on a standup paddle board.) Grab all the rental equipment and gear you need from Alder Creek Rentals, located at Browns Ferry Park in Tualatin, for a leisurely day of water wandering. If you have your own kayaks, canoes or SUP boards, head down to the boat dock at Wilsonville’s Memorial Park (launch not allowed).
River Cruising in Style
If relaxing on the deck of a yacht with champagne in hand is more your style, take a dinner cruise on the Portland Spirit as it winds under bridges and glides past the city skyline. Live piano music serenades an evening filled with city lights, stunning views and delicious, locally-sourced NW cuisine.
Portland Dragon Boat Racing
For an unforgettable day on the river, head to June’s Dragon Boat Races. Part of the Portland Rose Festival festivities, the Dragon Boat Races bring an exciting Chinese tradition to the Portland area. More than 80 local, national and international teams race down the Willamette River in dragon-themed boats for a colorful spectacle of culture and athleticism.
Have questions about the best river adventures in Wilsonville? Contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.