It's hard to believe that Portland ever lacked a dearth of quality paddle outfitters, considering the many evergreen-lined rivers and nearby coastline. But back in 1986, the founders of Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe felt there were too few options serving the area, so they launched their own garage shop. Their passion for the outdoors and paddle sports steadily built the company, and today, a staff of equipment experts advises guests on kayaking, canoeing, standup-paddleboarding, and rafting supplies. Beyond selling gear from vessels to apparel, staffers lead on-the-water classes and organize group trips. The shop also outfits customers for independent exploration with a fleet of rentals.
Beginner kayakers and nature lovers alike will both enjoy this scenic tour of the island and Willamette River. Experienced guides will lead paddlers past the Oaks Bottom wildlife refuge in the hopes of spotting the bald eagles and blue heron that reside there, though breathtaking views of the downtown Portland skyline are guaranteed.
Take some time off to unwind on the water. Your ship awaits a White Water Warehouse in Corvallis.
Don't deny your stomach an immaculate meal when you try this center's restaurant.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This center is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Having traversed the Santiam River for more than 30 years, Bill Sanderson and his crew know every rock, every twist, and every rapid by heart. With 50 miles of navigable waters, explorers can choose their own adventure—whether it's a half-day jaunt through the rapids or a three-day camping trip—led by the knowledgeable guides of North Santiam River Trips. In warmer months, rafters can fish for steelhead, rainbow trout, and chinook salmon, or simply cruise along the river keeping an eye out for elk, otters, and beavers along the shore.
Sports fans know to plan their weekend around Down The Mountain Whitewater Rafting in Corvallis.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Down The Mountain Whitewater Rafting is obviously the place to be, so get your calendar out and make plans to visit it soon.
The McKenzie River flows past some of Oregon's most awe-inspiring natural scenery—douglas fir–blanketed mountainsides, bald eagles diving to catch trout, and gargantuan boulders splitting the current into Class II and III rapids. Guides like Captain "Wild Matty" equip outdoorsmen with fly or spinning rigs and guide vistors on fishing trips on the McKenzie River, Siuslaw River, and Lake Creek to catch rainbow and cutthroat trout, spring- and fall-run chinook, and steelhead. The guides can also arrange lunch options for every outing, such as deli-style sandwiches, Wild West barbecue, or hot dogs on a hook.