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 that from most boat launch locations it is navigable upstream or downstream and is an ideal environment for children to recreate on. Click for Paddler’s Map. That being said, people recreating on or near the river should be aware of current water conditions, location of logjams and follow water safety best practices. The Tualatin begins in the Coast Range Mountains by Cherry Grove, then flows east until it joins the Willamette River south of West Linn on its way to the Columbia River and onto the Pacific.
Over 1,000 people per year recreate on the river through TRK’s programs and we are proud to have guided trips for groups like Lewis and Clark College, City of Hillsboro, REI and Travel Portland amongst others. TRK also holds an annual Elected Officials Race, where Officials from Washington County pit their strength and skill in a race on the Tualatin to see who knows the river best. Annually TRK hosts approximately 250 families on the river and we will continue to publicize the value of the Tualatin River for families in particular. Since beginning our work the Tualatin River has gone from having no public access to eight launch sites, yet 27 miles of river between Hillsboro and Tualatin are still without safe public access. TRK’s goal is to see a safe access point every 5-10 miles and we will continue to work with agencies and the public until this goal is realized.
TRK runs both public and private (group) tours:
Public Guided Paddle Trips
Guided paddle trips are offered from May through October. Led by our trained volunteer trip leaders, each trip has a different focus. Our guided trips are suitable for beginner paddlers up to advanced paddlers. All gear will be provided. Canoes and double kayaks are available for rent at a cost of $50 per boat. Single kyaks are available for $40 per boat.
Members who join at the $50 level or higher enjoy a free boat rental on a guided trip! Join now.
Register online for our guided public paddle trips.
Private Guided Paddle Trips
Perfect for business retreats or family reunions, our private guided paddle trips are available for $45 per person ($54 includes a box lunch) for groups of 12 of more. Paddlers can choose from canoes or kayaks and all gear is included.
Contact Margot Fervia at 503-218-2580 or email@example.com for more information.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, paddlers can explore the lazy flowing Tualatin River at their own pace. Friday through Sunday, and Monday Holidays, canoes and tandem kayaks are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check out details on the Cook Park Boat Rental web page.
Beyond the water, TRK seeks enjoyment from the broader floodplain and its riparian habitat, which is rich with wildlife, medicinal and edible plants. If you are interested in a guided walking tour (groups of 10 or more only) please contact Margot Fervia at 503-218-2580 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Paddle Trip Info and Forms
All trip leaders are volunteers and are not compensated for the time and energy that they put in to making our Trips and Tours Program successful. TRK trips may be canceled if we are unable to recruit sufficient volunteer support to lead a safe and enjoyable trip.