Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Oregon

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel


The banks along the channels and lakes here are muddy. Low areas form large spans of cracked earth as the water recedes, stranding bottom-feeding catfish and carp. Sunbathers frequent beach areas alon…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Willamette River: Lake Oswego to Willamette Park


The paddle from Lake Oswego’s George Rogers Park to Portland’s Willamette Park is short but scenic, and Elk Rock Island (a park halfway along) is worth at least a short layover. This entire section of…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Lake Oswego, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Willamette River: McKenzie River to Columbia River


The Willamette River is the longest free-flowing river that lies entirely within the state of Oregon. It is also one of the few rivers of its length in the country that flows almost entirely north.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Eugene, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 180 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Tributaries of the Willamette River: Tualatin River—Schamberg Bridge to Lake Oswego


This trip covers the 11-mile section of the Tualatin River from Schamberg Bridge near Sherwood to Shipley Bridge near Lake Oswego. Although the Willamette River is just 5 miles below Shipley Bridge, t…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Sherwood, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#5. Willamette River: Canby to West Linn


The 7-mile stretch of the Willamette between the mouths of the Molalla and Tualatin Rivers is a pleasant reminder that portions of the river, even close to industrial centers such as Oregon City, can…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Canby, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Columbia River: Middle Columbia Slough


This section of the Columbia Slough stretches from Northeast 143rd to Northeast 18th Avenues, a total of 125 blocks, or about 8 miles. Although this trip is in the midst of a major urban area, watch f…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Parkrose, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Pudding River: OR 214 Bridge to Molalla River


The Pudding River is a long, slow, meandering river with no rapids. It flows through open fields and farmland before joining the Molalla River just a mile above its confluence with the Willamette Rive…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 26 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Willamette River: Willamette Park to Swan Island


The Willamette River undergoes dramatic changes as it passes through the city of Portland. On the southern edge of town, it is almost rural in character, thanks to wooded banks and extensive parks suc…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Portland, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Yaquina River: Eddyville to Pacific Ocean


The river is best suited to sea kayaks and canoes. It slowly meanders from Eddyville to the Pacific Ocean. The small upper river contains little water except during the rainy season. Watch for logs a…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Eddyville, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 40 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Columbia River: Upper Columbia Slough


The Columbia Slough is a narrow backwater channel that runs parallel to the Columbia River in its historic floodplain north of Portland and Gresham. About 19 miles long, the slough begins at Fairview…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Hemlock, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Willamette River: Salem to Wheatland Ferry


The 12-mile paddle from Salem to Wheatland is a particularly pleasant trip. It offers smooth paddling, a gentle current, several public access areas to explore, and some interesting history. Across…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Salem, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Willamette River: West Linn to Lake Oswego


Start the trip at the mouth of the Tualatin River at Willamette Park at the foot of 12th Street in the community of Willamette, 2.5 miles south of West Linn on Oregon Highway 212, or at Interstate 205…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Willamette, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Columbia River: Multnomah Channel and Scappoose Bay


Multnomah Channel forms the western shore of Sauvie Island, which sits in the mouth of the Willamette where it joins the Columbia. The 21-mile channel runs from the Willamette River at the south end o…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Saint Helens, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Willamette River: Corvallis to Albany


Most Oregonians associate Albany with the view they get as they roar past on the freeway. They do not look beyond the industrial section of the town to its numerous historic buildings, much less notic…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Corvallis, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Columbia River: Puget Island


Puget Island has it all: grand vistas, open waters, sandy beaches, backwater sloughs, an interesting history, and a 12-mile loop trip that does not require a car shuttle. Puget Island is a 6-mile-lo…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Westport, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Columbia River Heritage Canoe Trail


In 1991, the Oregon Historical Society created the Columbia River Heritage Canoe Trail, a 45-mile route that winds its way among dozens of islands on the lower Columbia River, from the town of Clatska…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Westport, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 45 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Columbia River: Lower Columbia River Water Trail


The Lower Columbia River Water Trail (also known as the Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail) was established in 2004, the first year of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, by a committee formed u…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Astoria, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 146 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Columbia River: Youngs River


The Youngs River is a small but pretty stream that begins in the northern Coast Range and flows into the Columbia at Astoria. Described here is a 7mile paddle from near the town of Olney to Astoria.…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Astoria, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Willamette River: Champoeg State Park to Canby


This is a straightforward section of the Willamette, but one filled with history and wildlife. Unfortunately, this section is crowded with powerboats on warm summer weekends. Try it in the off-season…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Newberg, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Tillamook Bay


Tillamook Bay is one of the largest on the Oregon coast. The Tillamook, the Trask, the Wilson, the Kilchis, and the Miami Rivers all empty into this 6-mileby3-mile bay, which is the home of several sm…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Bay City, OR - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books