Kayakers, unlike pancakes or depressed turtles, muster the will to get themselves upright when flipped upside down. Float through life with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a Willamette Falls Kayak Tour at eNRG Kayaking in Oregon City (a $39 value).
The tide tamers at eNRG Kayaking sweep participants along narrated kayak tours through the cascading corridor of Willamette Falls. Up to 12 voyagers board their buoyant vessels armed with provided life vests, paddles, and knowledge imparted during a brief technique instruction. The 1.5 hour flat-water expedition, which is helmed by an experienced instructor, cruises for 2 miles, round trip, past early American factories and rock carvings depicting historic Native American events and predicting the future popularity of pet rock. Paddle into the river's locks and through 120 feet of water, hopping with 9-foot sturgeon, sea lions, and salmon as your guide narrates the river's history, from its modern industrial role to its significance in Lewis and Clark's legendary wakeboarding expedition.
Housed at the bottom of the roaring Willamette Falls, which comprises the confluence of Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, eNRG Kayaking's on-water shop and docks serve as the home base for instructional excursions in kayaking, rapids rafting, and standup paddleboarding. Head instructor Sam Drevo also helps those more experienced in watersports to attain a swift-water rescue certification or an ACA instructor certification, required credentials to shake hands with most river deities. Sam watches over all levels of kayakers with experience earned through years of competing, including a ranking as the world's sixth-best freestyle kayaker in 1998 and a first-place win at the Ford Gorge Games' Outdoor World Championships in 2001.
When Sam is not leading tours around the falls or down segments of either river, he guides extended expeditions to other northwestern and foreign waterways. His 16 international aquatic excursions have taken paddlers to rivers on four continents, through countries such as Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Botswana. Sam and his staff aim to protect the rivers through eco-friendly exploration and sell a range of kayak models to help others to similarly respect the ecosystem or sneak up and tickle unsuspecting bass.
1701 Clackamette Dr.
Oregon City, Oregon 97045