This week panned out to be a perfect one for getting some long awaited maintenance done. As you may know, the 2 1/2 mile waterway is a lot to cover, so we try to appreciate it a bit at a time. Monday – Putting in at the D Street boat ramp in Springfield there is a large eddy about 30 yards upstream. It is is just above the Canoe Canal intake. It had plenty of garbage to pick out, driftwood and a pretty large, dead fish. Paddling in a canoe made it a fun challenge to break up the wood. This freed up the trash to be able to pick it up. Sandals, bottles, the usual inventory, but today there was a nice quality, Extrasport PFD. Sometimes it pays to do the right thing! Additionally, there is a shopping cart in the middle of the river that will likely stay there until…
Thanks to the generous volunteers from the Center Point school our local waterway is looking much nicer. Having paddled at the Canoe Canal as part of a Summer program for many years the Navigators took it upon themselves to help cleanup! To them it just made sense to look after the well being of the local ecosystem by removing plastics, cardboard and many other items. It was a treasure hunt of sorts as we removed many bags worth of stuff! We supplied the Catacanoe for hauling off the bulk of the materials including a car tire! This was a much appreciated effort that has become an annual focus of their Summer paddling season. Thank you so much to the Navigators! The catacanoe on it's way out Paddling along while hunting for garbage. Numerous canoes on the job!
If you want to feel good about where you live, then cleaning up is a nice way to accomplish that. On Saturday we assisted with the Willamette Riverkeepers is picking up garbage along the banks of the section from Valley River Center down to the Beltine bridge. Don’t worry, we didn’t get all of it, so you can join on the next cleanup if you want to feel good too! Boats filling up with garbage.
This Spring (2019) we had quite a downpour. Rains that lasted for days and days led to the swelling of the watershed. We decided to paddle the canal when it was at it’s highest. Now it wasn’t too high at the top, as the Canoe Canal has an intake that can only allow so much water to come in at one time. But lower down after many little tributaries added some flow the park was underwater! Take a look….. Turtle Pond at Flood Previous rental location is 4 feet below here!
It’s been a productive Winter on the water. We’ve had some memorable days and are now ready to provide an easy rental experience for you! Please contact us if you would like to be involved with our cleanup efforts. Volunteers are needed and appreciated! An icy start to a Trashy Tuesday in December. Working the banks. Putting on double gloves for warmth and safety Heinous riverside trashy camp Pile of garbage ready to go far away from the river. Beltline takeout pile of trash. Paddle in the Pool with Willamalane! Coast Fork Scouting Tour Long Tom River Scouting Tour Siuslaw River Scouting Tour McKenzie River Scouting Tour
Every Second Tuesday the Willamette Riverkeepers organizes the logistics behind a large operation on the river. There is a huge amount of garbage along the shores of Eugene’s section of the Willamette River. It’s a reoccurring layer of riverside trash! The Riverkeepers do an amazing job attempting to keep up with the volume of garbage. The goal is to have a pristine waterway with clean water and biodivesity. Please consider joining the volunteer effort and contact us about trying out a Trashy Tuesday and chipping in for a clean waterway! Gearing Up for Trashy Tuesday Huge pile of trash at the halfway point. Homeless camp garbage. This volume of garbage needs large watercraft such as the driftboats and rafts that dedicated volunteers provide to haul it off. Once we make a drop we call the City of Eugene and they have their work crews come and load it up and take…
This year we had the first Eugene River Festival featuring an up the Canal and Down the River race. It was well attended by many paddlers and curious youth! There were free canoe rides, raffle prizes and quite a race! The festival started off with a special introduction by the Whilamut tribe elders including some beautiful drumming. Thanks to all who helped make this such a special event! We look forward to next year… Action photo of paddlers shooting through Autzen footbridge rapids. 7 people on the Catacanoe.
Hard to believe that another fun Summer has come and gone. Thanks to you all so much for joining us at the one of a kind Canoe Canal. It’s been a great season. Here are some photos to share from 2017. Thank you Sluggo for wearing your lifevest! More trash hauled out during a cleanup. Coyote Creek Tour Having fun on the Siltcoos River :) Scouting Blue River Reservoir
We have had such a great experience running the rental operations under the shade of an oak tree. It’s been 7 summers with the lavish coverage making the hot days reasonable. Unfortunately, last winter the tree split in two during the ice storm. Half of the tree split and fell to the ground. The City of Eugene needed to remove it at that point. Now there is a very large open space where the stump lies. Many of you and we enjoyed the charm, habitat and shade provided by that tree, and now things are different… The first photo was taken last season and the second photo was taken this last weekend. Gearing up for a tour under the shade of the red oak. Paddlers under the tree. Only a stump survives :(
First Post – Crete Cyclo The sun is setting from Matala Beach in Europe’s southernmost locale, Crete. Paximadia are the islands you see here and we will be heading West in their general direction tomorrow morning. Our goal is to make the long journey around the island over the next month. 4 of us; Eric, William, Chris and I (Ryan) have been planning and gearing up for the past few months with excitment for this moment. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and should offer 420 miles of beautiful coastline. Having a reputation as a playground for the Gods it is now a lovely tourist attraction for travellers. Due to its large size and tempermental seas we will paddle with caution and respect. Our starting point and hopeful finish is in Matala which is located in the center of the Southern shore. Matala has a long history as a…