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.

  • #1 Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel

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    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The banks along the channels and lakes here are muddy. Low areas form large spans of cracked earth as the water recedes, ...

  • #2 Willamette River: McKenzie River to Columbia River

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    Eugene, OR

    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 ...
    •  180 miles
    •  Guide

    The Willamette River is the longest free-flowing river that lies entirely within the state of Oregon. It is also one of ...

  • #3 Willamette River: Lake Oswego to Willamette Park

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    Lake Oswego, OR

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The paddle from Lake Oswego’s George Rogers Park to Portland’s Willamette Park is short but scenic, and Elk Rock Island (a ...

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

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    Sherwood, OR

    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 ...
    •  Up to 5 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip covers the 11-mile section of the Tualatin River from Schamberg Bridge near Sherwood to Shipley Bridge near Lake ...

  • #5 Willamette River: Canby to West Linn

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    Canby, OR

    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, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The 7-mile stretch of the Willamette between the mouths of the Molalla and Tualatin Rivers is a pleasant reminder that portions ...

  • #6 Pudding River: OR 214 Bridge to Molalla River

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    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pudding River is a long, slow, meandering river with no rapids. It flows through open fields and farmland before joining ...

  • #7 Columbia River: Middle Columbia Slough

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    Parkrose, OR

    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, ...
    •  Up to 6 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the Columbia Slough stretches from Northeast 143rd to Northeast 18th Avenues, a total of 125 blocks, or about ...

  • #8 Willamette River: Willamette Park to Swan Island

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    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Willamette River undergoes dramatic changes as it passes through the city of Portland. On the southern edge of town, ...

  • #9 Yaquina River: Eddyville to Pacific Ocean

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    Eddyville, OR

    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 ...
    •  40 miles
    •  Guide

    The river is best suited to sea kayaks and canoes. It slowly meanders from Eddyville to the Pacific Ocean. The small upper ...

  • #10 Columbia River: Upper Columbia Slough

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    Hemlock, OR

    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 ...
    •  Up to 4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Columbia Slough is a narrow backwater channel that runs parallel to the Columbia River in its historic floodplain north ...

  • #11 Siletz River—Morgan Park to Strome Park

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    Siletz, OR

    The Siletz River is a long, undulating coastal stream that drains much of northern Lincoln County. Unusual for its aimless course, the river is constantly twisting and turning in every possible ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Siletz River is a long, undulating coastal stream that drains much of northern Lincoln County. Unusual for its aimless ...

  • #12 Willamette River: Salem to Wheatland Ferry

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    Salem, OR

    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. ...
    •  4 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The 12-mile paddle from Salem to Wheatland is a particularly pleasant trip. It offers smooth paddling, a gentle current, ...

  • #13 Columbia River: Multnomah Channel and Scappoose Bay

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    Saint Helens, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 to 5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Multnomah Channel forms the western shore of Sauvie Island, which sits in the mouth of the Willamette where it joins the ...

  • #14 Willamette River: Corvallis to Albany

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    Corvallis, OR

    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 ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Most Oregonians associate Albany with the view they get as they roar past on the freeway. They do not look beyond the industrial ...

  • #15 Willamette River: West Linn to Lake Oswego

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    Willamette, OR

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Start the trip at the mouth of the Tualatin River at Willamette Park at the foot of 12th Street in the community of Willamette, ...

  • #16 Columbia River: Puget Island

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    Westport, OR

    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 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Puget Island has it all: grand vistas, open waters, sandy beaches, backwater sloughs, an interesting history, and a 12-mile ...

  • #17 Columbia River Heritage Canoe Trail

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    Westport, OR

    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 ...
    •  3 days
    •  45 miles
    •  Guide

    In 1991, the Oregon Historical Society created the Columbia River Heritage Canoe Trail, a 45-mile route that winds its way ...

  • #18 Willamette River: Champoeg State Park to Canby

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    Newberg, OR

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a straightforward section of the Willamette, but one filled with history and wildlife. Unfortunately, this section ...

  • #19 Columbia River: Youngs River

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    Astoria, OR

    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. ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Youngs River is a small but pretty stream that begins in the northern Coast Range and flows into the Columbia at Astoria. ...

  • #20 Columbia River: Lower Columbia River Water Trail

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    Astoria, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 week or less
    •  146 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lower Columbia River Water Trail (also known as the Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail) was established in 2004, ...