Welcome to the Willamette River Festival official video channel! We are excited to connect our viewers to safe and fun recreational experiences on the river, as well as the history, culture, and ecology of our greater Willamette Valley.
Please check back as we update our gallery with resources celebrating “all things Willamette” from “how-to” and “where-to” paddling instruction to wildlife viewing opportunities, and exploring our natural history and culture of our local Indigenous People.
You can view ALL our videos, including our social LiveFeeds, on our Willamette River Festival YouTube Channel – please subscribe and let us know what you would like to see featured to help you better celebrate YOUR Willamette River!
Willamette River Festival Opening Ceremony
Produced by Aiyanna Brown of the Siletz tribe, the Willamette River Festival is committed to honoring indigenous peoples past, present and future, and acknowledges we operate on Kalapuya Ilihi, the ancestral homeland of the Kalapuya people. Please enjoy this traditional song and think about how you are connected to the river, and water as a life force.
As part of the 2020 Willamette River Festival, the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center will present informational videos and challenges that focus on paddlesports safety, skills and education. Please check out our Beginner’s Guide to Paddlesports livefeed below, and see our Willamette River Festival YouTube Channel for a complete library of Paddlesports Education resources, from how to paddle with kids to advanced tips to help you increase performance… and your fun, on the river!
Introduction to River Snorkeling
This tutorial will focus on the emerging sport of River Snorkeling; learn how to see what is under the water and expand your understanding of both enjoyment, and safety, under the surface of the river!
Talking Stones Tour
Produced by Salmon Stroich, assistant director at UO Outdoor Program and Festival co-founder, and narrated by Marta Lu Clifford, tribal elder and member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand. Each year, the Willamette River Festival has brought together members of Kalapuya People and the Citizens Planning Committee of the Whilamut Natural Area for a tour of the Talking Stones. The Talking Stones were designed as educational and cultural reference points located throughout the Whilamut Natural Area, to reintroduce the Kalapuya language and connection to the land. This year, the Festival is encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore and experience the history and culture of the Whilamut Natural Area by completing a self-guided tour of the Talking Stones and the Whilamut Transportation Crossover Mural, by artist Susan Applegate. Please see our Self-Guided Tours page for a map and more information about this area.