What’s Happening at the Willamette River Festival in 2021?

Times have changed, but there are still a few things that remain certain…
The Willamette River is still flowing, and the Willamette River Festival is back with even more fun planned in 2021!

Please join your community as we connect to #OurWillamette through a series of interactive virtual activities combined with Covid-safe group experiences throughout the week of August 21-28, 2021. Some of our activities include:

PaddleCross Challenge: Race it or just paddle it for fun – the infamous PaddleCross at the Willamette River Festival is a wonderful experience connecting Eugene and Springfield riverfronts to the quiet backwaters of the Whilamut Natural Area, a wildlife bastion and home to the Kalapuya People of the Willamette Valley. You can even join a free Guided PaddleCross Challenge Tour on August 25th!

iNaturalist Willamette River Festival BioBlitz: Starting Saturday, August 21 – Saturday, August 28 – become a Citizen Scientist and help log native species throughout the Willamette River corridor! We’ll also be offering a guided opportunity to participate in a Bioblitz by Canoe in the Whilamut Natural Area and help log species in the riparian corridor. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be provided or bring your own watercraft.

Stewardship Events: Throughout the week, we’ll be hosting volunteer opportunities water and on land, to help clean the river and improve natural areas. Sign up for a river clean up or Whilamut restoration project and help give back to #OurWillamette!

Fun floats, interpretive and self-guided tours: This year, local organizers will be hosting opportunities to learn more about and experience the river by foot, bike or boat. Participants can choose from a variety of recreational experiences, emphasizing safe river recreation, ecology, restoration, stormwater education, cultural history and art.

RiverPlay! It’s time to celebrate! This year, the Willamette River Festival, will conclude on Saturday, August 28th, 12-4PM, featuring activated locations around the Willamette Water Trail, including snorkeling, paddling demos, water safety education, nature walks, fly casting, water conservation, river rescue, potential whitewater park site and new Eugene Riverfront Park tours, a self-guided safety-supported PaddleCross Race, Green Island birding tours, art displays and performances featuring traditional Native American voices, instruments and the Eugene Symphony! Stay tuned for more information and a RiverPlay! Passport to help guide you and your family to connect to #OurWillamette River!