The Willamette River is such a rewarding place to paddle. After the swiftwater passes through the Eugene / Springfield area it becomes more open and forgiving. Heading North of the urban area the river enters the historic floodplain. Over time the main channel has had a tendency to change course in different spots. So each Spring we never know what to expect downriver. While the current mellows out on this section of the river there are still some challenges to consider. Most notably are the strainers (trees in the channel). There are also a few eddylines that can capsize small boats if the paddler isn’t ready for them.
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McKenzie / Willamette River Tour – July 20th
July 20, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm$60.00
10:30 – Meet at Armitage Park in Eugene.
10:30 to 11:30 – Orientation, Instruction & Outfitting.
11:00 to 12:00 – Paddle along the moving water while learning some skills.
12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch and talk about local natural history.
1:00 to 3:00 – Paddling further and optional skills practice.
3:00 to 3:30 – Shuttle vehicles to and from take out.
60.00 Pay now at this link
This tour starts at Armitage. Look for the Lane County Parks Sign. Parking fee is $4. Paddling from here to Christensen’s Landing is about 9 river miles. Along the way there is a great stop at Green Island to enjoy lunch and check out the restoration work that’s underway by the McKenzie River Trust.