Paddle Oregon 2014

boats on grass at start

Paddle Oregon is an annual five day trip on the Willamette River. Willamette-Riverkeeper is the lead sponsor. We joined approximately 150 paddlers. This was our largest canoe camping trip ever, and our first canoe camping trip in Oregon. Participants were organized into small groups (pods) with helpful and experienced leaders. Our Calapooia pod was made up of sixteen people traveling in fourteen boats:  twelve single kayaks, a tandem kayak, and our tandem canoe. This fully-outfitted trip was very relaxing. Most of our prior canoe camping with small groups required a lot of time for finding campsites, cooking meals, and building campfires. The last night, we heard Dean Hall speak about his experience swimming the entire length of the Willamette River.

Day Date From To Miles
Monday 18-Aug-14 Crystal Lake Boat Ramp, Corvallis Bryant Park, Albany 12.5
Tuesday 19-Aug-14 Bryant Park, Albany Chatoe Rogue Hopyard, Independence 18.0
Wednesday 20-Aug-14 Chatoe Rogue Hopyard, Independence Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery & Vineyard, Salem 30.0
Thursday 21-Aug-14 Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery & Vineyard, Salem VX Vineyard, Newberg 24.0
Friday 22-Aug-14 VX Vineyard, Newberg Molalla River State Park, Canby 13.0

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  • We dropped off our canoe at the take out in Canby around 6:00am and took the shuttle bus to Corvallis.
  • Members of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Canoe Family were honored guests the first day. They recently traveled by canoe to Alaska.
  • We waited for our pod's turn to launch.


  • Beach at Bryant Park in Albany
  • Travis paddles the stern in a canoe big enough for a family.
  • The dog in this kayak had a life vest and enjoyed the scenery.
  • After lunch, several people cooled off in the river.
  • Touring the farm at
    Chatoe Rogue Hopyard
  • These hops will be used at the Rogue Ales brewery.


  • Our pod leader, Julie (in front), has done this trip eleven times, and gave us helpful paddling tips.
  • Julie and Sam kept the Calapooia pod fairly close so that everyone could hear announcements.
  • Waiting for a ferry to cross
  • George, Yvonne, Ron, and Cathy after lunch at Salem Riverfront Park.
  • We arrived at the campsite near Salem after paddling 30 miles.
  • George on the path up to the campsite


  • Only two short docks were availabe to launch over 100 boats, but careful planning made it go smoothly.
  • The message board when we arrived at VX Vineyard in Newberg
  • Baggage claim at VX Vineyard campground


  • Dalton's Northwest Catering provided delicious meals.
  • Stretching seemed to help before getting on the river.
  • Calapooia pod at VX Vineyard in Newberg
  • Hay wagon shuttle from campsite to boats
  • Some of the boats were stored by the filbert trees.
  • Carrying our canoe down the ramp to the river