Urban KayakingWillamette Kayak and Canoe Club BYOB Springfield Whitewater Adventure Paddle

Saturday, August 21 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | FREE
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Join Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC) for a full-day whitewater adventure on the urban Willamette riverfront from Clearwater Park to Island Park in Springfield.

If you need a shuttle, please drop your boat off at Clearwater Park and meet at 9:00 a.m. at Island Park for a shuttle to the put-in at Clearwater Park. Look for the group of boaters, and we’ll arrange a shuttle from there. If you already have a shuttle in place, meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Clearwater Park boat ramp parking lot. WKCC will facilitate introductions, safety overview, and group itinerary for the day. Plan for about 4 hours, with a lunch break.

All participants should be comfortable paddling in Class II water. Rafts and driftboats welcome, PFDs and helmets (for small watercraft) are required. Appropriate watercraft only – any inflatable kayak or packraft should be mult-chambered, no innertubes.

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For questions or more information, please contact WKCC Trip Leader, Barbara Boylan, at 541-345-8903.

Inflatable Kayak on the river

Guided Inflatable Kayak Trips

Wednesday, August 25 | 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
Registration opens August 1 – call 541-346-4371 to reserve your trip spot.
Join the University of Oregon Outdoor Program (UOOP) for a guided inflatable kayaking trip down the Willamette River through town and experience the great wildlife, birds and scenery on this beautiful stretch of river!

This is a relatively easy paddle, but does involve some simple navigation through rapids with small waves and rocks. Most kayaks are singles but there are also some tandems (2-person) available. Trips will meet and start at Aspen Street boat ramp in Eastgate Woodlands, Springfield, and end at the Alton Baker Park boat ramp in Eugene. Participants can either walk back up to Aspen Street to retrieve their car, or set up their own shuttle ahead of time. PFDs and helmets are required and will be provided on request for those without.

Registration opens August 1 – Please call the UOOP at 541-346-4371, M-F / 12-5 p.m. to register and pay; these will fill quickly! Minimum age 11 if traveling with an adult, minimum age 14 traveling solo. $10 per person.

PaddleCross Tour at SunsetPaddleCross Guided Tour

Wednesday, August 25 | 5-9 p.m.
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Are you registered for this year’s PaddleCross Challenge, but want to get a feel for the course? Not quite ready to register, but would like to try the course first, with some safety support on hand? Join Willamette River Festival trip leaders for a no drop paddle up the Alton Baker Canoe Canal to Eastgate Woodlands in Springfield, and back downriver on the mighty Willamette, to Alton Baker Park.

Along the way, paddlers will discuss strategy, get support on portages, and have some safety support while traveling downstream through the rapids. Plan to meet promptly at 5 p.m. at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal. This is a BYOB (bring your own boat) event. If you don’t have your own gear, please check into Willamalane Parks & Recreation District, University of Oregon Outdoor Program, or Oregon Paddle Sports for more information about their rental programs. Full gear/boat packages are available! Space is limited.

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For questions and/or more info please contact Sam Norgaard-Stroich at 541-603-8362.

Water Safety under bridgeBasic River Recreation Safety Workshop

Friday, August 27 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | FREE
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Learn the essential safety and rescue skills to paddle or row a craft down the Willamette through Springfield and Eugene. This class is aimed at the recreational paddler who wants to be able to keep themselves and others with them safe, including in-river practice.

Please bring clothes and shoes you can swim in, drinking water, and dress for the weather. Limited space, registration required. Provided free of charge by McKenzie Rescue Training., LLC. More information about Essentials of River Safety and Rescue curriculum

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Questions? Contact McKenzie River Rescue Instructor, Tom Powers, 541-510-5248.

Whilamut Canoe BioBlitz

Friday, August 27 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Please join Willamette Riverkeeper as we explore the Whilamut Natural Area by canoe, paddling Eugene in Alton Baker Park, as far as we can towards the Eastgage Woodlands in Springfield, and counting as many species as we can as part of the Willamette River Festival BioBlitz using iNaturalist! BYOB or use one of ours. Learn where and how to paddle a canoe, have fun viewing and photographing local wildlife! Please meet at 9 a.m. at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal and we’ll paddle upstream in the canal and back to observe and document plants and animals.

Please bring sunscreen, hat, boating gear if you’re bringing your own (we have you covered if you’re using one of ours). PFDs required. Please bring a smart phone (use a waterproof case or use at your own risk!) with the iNaturalist App downloaded ahead of time – please create an account and join the Willamette River Festival BioBlitz. For instructions on how to do this, please see instructions online here.

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