|Photo: Portland Kayak Company|
They offer classes and tours
It’s been in the 90’s here in Portland, Oregon for eons (well, maybe a week or so).
So what do do? If you are in Portland you can take advantage of summer sunshine while keeping your cool thanks to the many local outfitters geared for adventure on the water.
Willamette Jetboat Excursions speeds along the Willamette River, taking in the city’s bridges and harbor and venturing out toward Oregon City for tours that highlight the waterway’s history, wildlife and waterfalls.
For those seeking a hands-on experience, classes and tours for kayaking, canoeing, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding are plentiful. Portland Kayak Company and Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe offer popular Ross Island tours that investigate the waters near Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge; sunset and full-moon tours are also available.
Oregon City’s eNRG Kayaking offers 90-minute flatwater kayaking adventures to Willamette Falls, as well as whitewater rafting trips along the Clackamas River, just 20 minutes from Portland.
North of Portland, Scappoose Bay Paddling Center provides rentals and guided excursions ranging from day tours of Warrior Rock Lighthouse and Scappoose Bay wetlands to overnight stays under the stars on Bachelor Island. Many outfitters provide customized tours as well.
And for visitors with a DIY mentality, The Big Float (July 26) invites one and all to bring an inflatable and a life jacket to the city’s biggest party on the water, complete with bands playing live music on barges. Whether looking for unique views of the city or immersive experiences, it’s easy to make a memorable splash.