Paddle Oregon 2015

George and Yvonne next to Paddle Oregon sign

Paddle Oregon is an annual five day trip on the Willamette River. Willamette-Riverkeeper is the lead sponsor. We joined approximately 100 paddlers in our second Paddle Oregon. We paddled our tandem canoe, but about 90% of the paddlers on this trip were in solo kayaks. It never rained, but we had a couple hot days with temperatures in the nineties. Just like last year, Dalton's Northwest Catering prepared delicious meals. Logistics ran smoothly in the fifteenth Paddle Oregon. We liked starting further upriver, at the Marshall Island access in Junction City, and taking out at Wallace Marine Park in Salem. Even though we were one of the boats that tipped over after hitting a submerged log on the first day, we enjoyed the upper section of the Willamette where the river banks are more likely to be undeveloped land.

Day Date From To Miles
Monday 17-Aug-15 Marshall Island Access in Junction City Irish Bend in Monroe 18.0
Tuesday 18-Aug-15 Irish Bend in Monroe Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis 18.0
Wednesday 19-Aug-15 Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis Bryant Park in Albany 12.5
Thursday 20-Aug-15 Bryant Park in Albany Chatoe Rogue Hopyard in Independence 18
Friday 21-Aug-15 Chatoe Roge Hopyard in Independence Wallace Marine Park in Salem 18

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  • Loading canoes for the shuttle shortly after 6:00 a.m.
  • One of the bridges on the first day
  • A cow and a paddler in a close encounter.
  • One of the scenic high bluffs
  • Kat holds a painted turtle during her talk about turtles.
  • Monday dinner on a stone covered beach.


  • One of the groups that did morning stretching
  • Paddlers cooling off in the river
  • Two paddlers pulling invasive teasel heads on Wallace Island


  • Sean giving paddling tips
  • Two paddlers approach a swivel bridge
  • Jeff giving a presentation about natural river plants and invasive river plants
  • Yvonne and George at the lunch break
  • George at bulletin board in Albany
  • Appetizers preceded every dinner.


  • Leaving Albany
  • A doe and fawn escaping the paddlers
  • Jill, our most relaxed paddler
  • Unnounced baggage screening caught paddlers by surprise this morning
  • Kayaks passing high bluff
  • Hops at Chatoe Rogue


  • Leaving Chatoe Rogue
  • Vultures waiting for exhausted paddlers
  • Lunch stop