28th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day…and a New Paddle Launch!

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If you’ve ever been curious about the upper navigable stretches of the beautiful Tualatin River, here’s an excellent opportunity to check it out. Tualatin Riverkeepers, a non-profit dedicated to connecting community to natural resources and the waters of Washington County, will host its 28th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day on June 24, 2017. Tualatin River Discovery Day is an outdoor event where we introduce you to the majesty, tranquility, and beauty of the waters of the Tualatin River. Come with your family and enjoy a safe and easy day of recreation and exploration of the nature right outside your door.

Launching from Metro’s new Farmington Paddle Launch (9665 SW River Rd, Hillsboro), the route will take you 3.7 miles downriver to the Eagle Landing site (26001 SW Rainbow Lane, Hillsboro) meandering through calm shady waters, perfect for a summer paddle trip.

The event doesn’t end after the paddle is over, though.  The festivities will continue at Groner Elementary School (23405 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro) where we’ll have an outdoor celebration including food, face-painting, henna tattoos, and nature-art activities for your kids. The waters of the Tualatin are free and accessible for everyone and the general public has the right to access them so come out and catch the sun with us!

Reserve your launch time from 9am to 12pm and rent a boat (kayak or canoe) here:  RESERVE LAUNCH TIME Boat rentals are only $35! (Those with their own boats can participate for free.)

The Tualatin River is built for recreation.  Perhaps the most family friendly river in the state, it is conveniently located within the Portland Metropolitan area and is very safe, having such a calm stream flow in the summer that from most boat launch locations it is navigable upstream or downstream and is an ideal environment for children to recreate on. Whether you are new to Oregon or a veteran of the waters come introduce a new generation to the outdoors and greenspaces that make life in Oregon amazing.

Thank you to our partners Metro and Clean Water Services.