Canal cleanup with Organically Grown Company and the Willamette Riverkeepers!

To begin our 2023 season we had a wonderful group of volunteers come to the Canoe Canal and clean it up. While we provided the canoes, the Riverkeepers provided all of the safety related items and trash pickup gear. Organically Grown provided the key element...person power!! In recent years the Canal has been well looked after and there wasn't an overwhelming amount of garbage. But we were able to get a lot of stuff out of the water. Take a look at these pictures to see how nice it was on the water and what a great group effort this was :) Now paddlers can start the season with a fresh looking canal and more importantly the waterfowl, fish and other wildlife don't have to deal with as much of our human waste in their waterway....

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2023 Trashy Tuesday – Willamette River Cleanup

Yesterday a dedicated group of river guardians gathered for the monthly river cleanup know as Trashy Tuesday. The volunteers spend the day paddling and rowing along the river through the city limits of Eugene. There is garbage strewn about along the shorelines and some floating alongside. More of it that you are imagining in your mind as you read this. A big thanks to the crew who participate in this sad but necessary tradition!!!! Getting geared up at Alton Baker Park on a 33 degree morning I'm a fool to do your dirty work, oh yeah! I don't want to do your dirty work, oh no. Picking up underwater garbage, whatever it takes for the health of the river!

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Waterway appreciation.

CCAW – Canoe Canal Appreciation Week

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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…

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Many helpful volunteers.

Looking Glass cleans up the Canoe Canal!

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!

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Spring for your River!

Earth Week Cleanup 2019!

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.

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Canoe Canal Flood '19

Canoe Canal at Flood

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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!

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Gallery from Winter '17-'18

“Off” season gallery from a Winter of paddling.

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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

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2nd Tuesday of every month!

Trashy Tuesdays with Willamette Riverkeepers

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…

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Paddlers getting ready to race.

Willamette River Festival 2017

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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.

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What a season!

Last day of the season, 2017

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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

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