There are numerous opportunities to Kayak in
Oregon. Listed below are organizations which
offer guided tours of some of the most popular
places to kayak as well as offering lessons for
beginners. Some of these places are right in the
Portland area or a short drive from Portland.
Some of the sites you might want to look at if
you are planning a short vacation to Eastern or
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe offers lessons,
trips, and races as well sells all paddle sports
equipment. Portland - Jantzen Beach:
503.285.0464, Portland - Boathouse: 503.285.1819
All Star Guided River
Trips and Raft Rentals
Gorge Kayaking School is located in Hood
River and offer schols and guided kayak tours.
Columbia River Kayaking offers Sea Kayaking
on the Lower Columbia River
Kokopelli River Guide offer trips around
River Trips on the Salmon River in Idaho and
the Rogue River in Oregon.
Kayaking offer lessons and tours.
Paddling offer whitewater kayaking
instruction. 541-490-9404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayak Shack is located on the coast in
Tillamook Country offer tours in Tillamook
Kokopelli River Center offer lessons and
trips in Southern Oregon.
Canoe Club is based in Portland and offers a
year-round schedule of paddling opportunities.
Mt Hood Adventure offer tours and rentals
Torpedo Trips offer adventures on the Rogue
River, Salmon River, Klamath River, and North
Kayak offer trips on Oregon's Coast.
Oregon Kayak &
Canoe Club organize river trips at various
Paddling Society offer sea kayak activities
Portland, Oregon's Waterfront Kayak Shop
offers instruction, rentals, tours, and special
Scappoose Bay Kayaking offer special
cruises, kayak rentals, and guided tours.
Kayak School offer trips on the Rogue River.
and Canoe Club offer practice, events, and
The following are places people had offered
online as places they have tried kayaking.
Alsea Bay & Alsea River in Waldport has
excellent launching beach at the visitors
center, south end of bridge, Highway 1. It is
reported to have easy paddling as far as you
want to go. From Portland go South on Interstate
5 to Covallis, OR then take Highway 34 to
Alton Baker Canal is a 2 mile canal only about
3-4 feet deep. The canal is stocked with trout
and there is about a 1 knot current. Drive to
the UO stadium "Autzen Stadium" on MLK jr.
drive. Take Leo Harris Parkway to the front of
the stadium and right. There is a dirt lot and a
sign for canoe launch, day use only.
Big Cliff Lake is located downstream of the
larger Detroit lake. This lake is relatively
narrow, with beautiful scenery, clear water and
the plenty of wildlife.
has numerous small inlets and coves with ducks
and other wildlife and no motor boats are
allowed. It is close to Detroit Lake. The water
is crystal clear so you can see the bottom in
most places. It is a 13 mile drive off the main
Devils Lake (D-Lake) is in the middle of Lincoln
City. There is access to the lake at Regatta
Park which is free or you can camp at Devil's
Lake State Park and there are also launching
site within the state park.
Elk Lake is North East of Detroit Lake and offer
clean water. From Salem take Hwy 22 East. From
Hwy 22 at Detroit, turn onto Breitenbush Road
#46. Proceed 4.5 miles, turn left onto FS road
4696. Proceed 0.7 miles, turn left on FS road
4697. Follow FS road 4697 for 9.5 miles, turn
left onto small spur road located at west end of
Elk Lake. The camping area is about 0.4 miles
ahead. CAUTION: FS road 4697 is not maintained
for the last 2 miles into Elk Lake. Access by
low-clearance vehicles and trailers is not
recommended as the road is rough and rocky.
Henry Hagg Lake is a man made lake close to
Forest Grove. There is a section of the lake
marked as a no wave zone otherwise you will be
dealing with motor boats. You may rent canoes
and kayaks at one of the launching sites.
Hood River (east fork) was rated moderate to
difficult with a lot of white water. You can put
in at Copper Dam, Tucker Bridge or higher.
Hosmer Lake is a beautiful body of water with
excellent fishing and good wildlife viewing.
Cold, clear canals open to flatwater with
islands is surrounded by reeds and full of water
lilies. It has an inlet that allows you to go
upstream to a small waterfall. There is also a
camping area that allows tents or small RVs.
Head up to the Cascade Lakes Highway out of
Bend, Oregon past the ski resort and keep going
beyond Devil's Lake.
John Day River offers many day trips and shuttle
service. You can find many different level of
rapids so you will want to check with a guide or
guide book to make sure you are comfortable with
your journey. You will find breathtaking views
but not a lot of help if you get into trouble.
The nearest city is Bend.