2022 Willamette River Festival Events & Activities

ALL WEEK LONG: July 16-23 : iNaturalist Willamette River Festival BioBlitz – Starting Saturday, July 16 – Saturday, July 23 – become a Citizen Scientist and help log native species throughout the Willamette River corridor! Free. REGISTER NOW

Saturday July 16: WKCC Urban Whitewater Adventure Paddle | 10AM-2PM – Join the Willamette Kayak & Canoe Club to paddle from Clearwater Park in Springfield to Valley River Center in Eugene, a perfect Saturday morning float! Free. REGISTER NOW

Sunday, July 17: Walkin’ & Rollin’ in the Wetlands! | 9AM-12PM – Bike, scooter, roller blade, or use your own two feet in the West Eugene Wetlands for fun family activities along the Fern Ridge Bike Path in Eugene. WREN will lead families through a carnival-style activity station and Lane Arts Council artists will lead activities that explore the wetlands through art. Free. No registration required. MORE INFO HERE

Monday, July 18: Willamette River Safety Workshop | 5-8PM – Certified American Canoe Association instructors will provide a hands-on, in-river, opportunity for you to be a safe river recreationalist. Free. REGISTER NOW

Tuesday, July 19: #LoveYOURWillamette Trashy Tuesday | 9AM-1PM – Bring your own boat, or reserve a seat in one of ours! Join Eugene Parks, Willamalane Parks & Recreation District, Northwest Canoe Tours, Willamette Riverkeeper, Oregon Paddle Sports, and Eugene Fishing Scene to paddle, float, pick up trash and remove invasive weeds along the banks and floodplains of our mighty Willamette River! Free. REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, July 20: Willamette Confluence Tour | 8-10AM – The Willamette Confluence features extensive endangered habitats including six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. Join McKenzie River Trust for a walking tour highlighting the conservation efforts, human history, and natural features of this area. Free. REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, July 20: Dragonfly Exploration of the Willamette Confluence Preserve | 10AM-12PM – Join dragonfly expert Cary Kerst for a field course on dragonflies and damselflies. Learn about the life cycle, preferred habitat, and behavior of these incredible creatures who call the Willamette Confluence Preserve home. Free. REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, July 20: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | 6-7:30PM – Ever wonder what happens to your dirty water after it circles the drain? Take a tour of the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC) Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to learn how your grey water is cleaned and returned to the Willamette River. Free. REGISTER NOW

Thursday, July 21: Talking Stones Tours | 6-7:30PM – Learn about the Kalapuya Peoples of the Willamette Valley and explore the dedicated Kalapuya language rocks, throughout Eastgate Woodlands in the Whilamut Natural Area, guided by Grand Ronde Tribal Elder, Marta Clifford. Free. REGISTER NOW

Friday, July 22: Learn to Fly Fish – Middle Fork Angling Expedition | 10AM-2PM – Join Eugene Fishing Scene for a beginner’s fly fishing clinic upriver on the Middle Fork Willamette. This is an all inclusive opportunity. All fishing gear provided by Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and limited transportation will be provided for those without. This is an ADA friendly event. Free. REGISTER NOW

Friday, July 22: Guided PaddleCross Challenge Tour | 5:30-8PM – Bring your favorite watercraft and join Willamette Riverkeeper and Oregon Paddle Sports at Alton Baker Park for a “no drop” casual-paced evening “pre-tour” of the PaddleCross route. Free. REGISTER NOW

Saturday, July 23: Willamette PaddleCross Challenge | 12-6PM – Race it or just paddle it for fun! The 2022 PaddleCross course starts in Alton Baker Park and ends with a wild ride on the Willamette River to the finish at the DeFazio Bridge, 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. Join us for our awards ceremony at 6PM, on stage at the Eugene Riverfront Festival celebrating the 2022 World Track & Field Championships! (Presented by Eugene REC, Oregon Paddle Sports, Willamette Kayak & Canoe Club, and Willamette Riverkeeper.) $25 per boat entry, free for youth! MORE INFO HERE