So, you’ve discovered the Willamette Water Trail and you’re ready to suit up in your life jacket and get in your vessel. Before you start foraging for your water safety equipment, we’ve got some helpful information to get you started.
To begin, you’ll want to consult the official Willamette Water Trail website, which lists gear essentials; showcases an interactive map full of campsites, restrooms, docks, and other resources; and offers tips for getting started (like understanding your options for a shuttle).
For anything more than an afternoon float, you may want to rent gear from a local outfitter or arrange for a guide. Here’s a quick rundown of outfitters and guides along the Willamette River:
Based in downtown Oregon City, eNRG Kayaking offers kayak rentals, guided tours, and scenic floats on the Lower Clackamas River (a tributary of the Willamette River).
Oregon Paddle Sports
The Eugene-based Oregon Paddle Sports offers single and multi-day rentals on stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, rafts, and trailers.
Get everything you need for a safe, fun river experience from the Corvallis-based outfitter—and with 20 boats available to rent, Peak Sports carries the right craft for any adventure.
And if you’re paddling the river around Salem and Independence, check out Polk County paddling resources\ for overnight lodging, water craft rentals, and more.
Make sure you also visit the Oregon Marine Board to be fully prepared for your adventures on the Willamette Water Trail. Bon voyage!