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Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park

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  • Approaching a naval ship along the route.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Mansions along the Willamette River.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the Submarine at OMSI.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the St. Johns Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the Steel Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the Steel Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • View to Mount Hood (11,250') from the Willamette River.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the Burnside Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • View to Downtown Portland.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • View South to the Fremont Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
  • Approaching the Hawthorne Bridge.- Willamette River: George Rogers Park to Cathedral Park
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Pros: 
Easy access. Wildlife. Views to downtown and bridges. No rapids.
Cons: 
Large boats passing.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
16.00 mi (25.75 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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The paddle from George Rogers City Park in Lake Oswego to Cathedral Park beneath the St. Johns Bridge is an exceptionally scenic 16 miles. Starting on the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, you will pass bridges, mansions and river-industry ruins. There is considerable wildlife to see along the way, including sea lions, numerous species of birds and the occasional deer on shore. As you proceed to downtown Portland, the bridges will become more frequent—and so will the boating traffic. Overall, it is a safe paddle trip, as kayaks and small racing "dragon boats" are on the river year round. In total, you will pass under 13 bridges. Paddling the Willamette River through this stretch also gives you access to numerous landmarks besides the bridges, including the OMSI USS Blueback submarine, Tom McCall Waterfront Park and views of Portland's port industries.

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