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Tualatin River

Browns Ferry Park

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Dock access at Browns Ferry Park.- Tualatin River
  • Dock access at Browns Ferry Park.- Tualatin River
  • The author setting off from Browns Ferry Park.- Tualatin River
  • Train Bridge near Tualatin Community Park- Tualatin River
  • The Tualatin River.- Tualatin River
  • Canada geese on the Tualatin River.- Tualatin River
  • This paddle is a great trip for families in the Portland area.- Tualatin River
  • Tubing along the river.- Tualatin River
  • This section is popular with a broad range of recreational paddlers and floaters.- Tualatin River
  • This paddle is a great trip for families in the Portland area.- Tualatin River
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- Tualatin River
  • Tualatin River.- Tualatin River
  • Boat Access at Cook Park- Tualatin River
  • Tualatin River.- Tualatin River
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mellow current. Scenic. Family friendly. Close to Portland.
Cons: 
A few impassable areas.
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Alerts: 
Low water may force a portage at river mile 9.3 south of Cook Park. Also, there is an impassible diversion dam at river mile 3.45.
Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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The Tualatin River is a fun and mellow river for kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding, and you may even see a few tubes floating around on hot days. The current is slow enough that you can drop in, paddle, and return to the same point without any challenges. As a result, a few rental companies offer single-point river access rentals. Though the Tualatin River runs through populated areas, much of the river feels like a float through the countryside with the exception of a few homes, train bridges and overpasses. You are very likely to see a range of wildlife including geese, ducks, herons, and possibly river otters.

While there is no camping along the Tualatin River, you can pull into Tualatin Community Park at river mile 8.9 or Cook Park at river mile 9.8 for a quick barbecue spot or restroom break if you are looking to make a pit stop.

There are up to 38 miles of river maintained by the Tualatin Riverkeepers, and guided group and private tours are available. If you are exploring on your own, popular rental companies operating on a first-come, first-served basis include Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe Rentals and the Riverkeepers rentals at the boat ramp in Cook Park. Rentals are seasonal, and hours vary, so verify availability in advance. 

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