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Tualatin River: Tigard to Willamette Professional Review and Guide
"Portland paddlers often overlook the Tualatin River since it flows between major metropolitan areas. The river provides area residents with easy access at many parks, bridges, schools, or even golf courses. Residential areas line most of the upper river, but the float has a rural feel despite its proximity to urban sprawl. Vegetation is heavy along the Tualatin between developments. The upper river includes nice stretches of easy water with more seclusion than one would imagine. The lower river passes through less development, with steeper banks that shield one form residential areas in places. It also hold more hazardous and exciting water."
--Robb Keller, Paddling Oregon (Falcon Guides).
Easy Class 1 paddle from browns ferry to cook park ( tigard). In winter time, serene and quite within a short drive from portland/ beaverton.
From Brown's Ferry up river the Tualatin is quite sedate. We usually put in at Tualatin park and paddle upriver. I have to say that the river seems amazingly secluded given it's urban proximity. Although it is a bit strange to have the visual of being in the middle of nowhere and at the same time hearing the noise of an urban environment. I've paddled it in both the winter and the summer. obviously there is a bit more current in the winter but generally it's very doable. there is one shallow/quick stretch about 1/2 mile upriver of Tualatin Park (just past the new bridge) ... but getting past that is not too tough. West of 99w the river gets more rural. This is a great paddle.
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Putting in At Brown's ferry park, (exit 289 I-5 in Tualitin, OR.) is a quick and easy way to begin a quick two hour paddle on the Tualitin River. The first three miles or so are very tranquil, you'll pass some developments but most of the riverside is densely brshed. the last three mile or so alternate between sedate paddling and some excellent class II rapids. You'll take out at the West Linn park, where the Tualatin river meets the Willamette river. The strong of heart can venture up the Willamette a quarter mile or so, and get an excellent view of the famed Willamette Falls. Be careful near the falls however, the current near them is fierce. The tualitin river is a tranquil and fun way to spend an afternoon. dd.
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