Paddle Portland to the Pacific!!!


Next Adventure – Sellwood Park – Ross Island Recreational Paddle!

NA Kayak Trips

Witness a bald eagle’s nest, ospreys fishing and maybe a beaver on Portland Oregon’s Ross Island! Try out one of Next Adventure’s kayaks and get introductory kayak lessons from Northwest River guides! Sunday mornings we team up at Sellwood Park at 9:00 a.m. for a 2.5 hour paddle to Ross Island.

This is a great way to test out a kayak and get a lesson at the same time! No experience necessary. You’ll need to reserve a kayak. So call Northwest River Guides at 503-772-1122, stop by at Next Adventure and visit their kayak department, or visit their online reservation system.

It’s a great introduction to kayaking!

Portland Kayak Trips

Northwest River Guides teaches beginner kayak lesson in Portland, OR.  NRG leads trips on whitewater rivers, like the Sandy and Clackamas and flatwater sections of rivers, like the Columbia and Willamette at Ross Island.  Trips are also run to great locales like Sauvies Island and Vancouver Lake.  Our renowned Naturalist Trips are held at Smith and Bybees Lakes in North Portland.

Northwest River Guides runs whtewater rafting and inflatable kayaking trips on the Klickitat, Sandy, North Santiam, Clackamas and Deschutes Rivers.

For more information contact Northwest River Guides at 503.772.1122.

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Cedar River Slalom Race

The season’s first Head-to-head sprint race and the NW Downriver Cup Race will be April 4 on the Cedar River, near Maple Valley, Washington.

The season’s third  NW SLALOM Cup Race will be April 5th.  Sunny skies are in the forecast.

A sprint race for all types of boats is this year’s FEATURED EVENT:  A HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPETITION!  We’ll do the same at Salmon la Sac and the Nooksack races and provide End-of-Season prizes you’ll just have to have!  So come on out and give it a try.  We are working with the City of Seattle and looks like they can provide our ideal  600-1,000 cfs of water so come take advantage of that.

In addition, a free slalom clinic will be offered in the afternoon – for any type of boat taught by David Zimmerman.  A downriver race from Landsburg to just before Maple Valley (30 to 45 minutes) will start around 4:00 pm.  Sunday features the SLALOM RACE!  Both the usual and a novice course will be available to choose from.

An approximate schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 3:
Slalom course set up.
Registration open in the afternoon.

Saturday, April 4:
8:00 am: Registration opens again.  Slalom course open for practice all day except during downriver events.
9:30 am: Racers meeting for downriver sprint and classic (You don’t have to compete in the sprint to race in the head to head, but it will help us with pairing racers).
10:00 am: Downriver sprint round 1
10:30 am: Downriver sprint round 2
12:00 pm: Downriver head to head competition.
4:00 pm:  Downriver classic start

Sunday, April 5:
8:00 am: Last minute Registration
10:00 am: racer’s meeting
10:30 am: Slalom Race Run 1
12:00 pm: Slalom Race Run 2
Prizes directly after slalom course take down.

Check the website at WKC or The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers, for up-to-date details. or  Or Email Tom Weir for more info:

Directions:  To get to the race site from Seattle, head east on I-90 ’til Exit 17 (Issaquah/Front Street).  Head South on Front Street.  It turns into 276th Ave SE and then becomes the Issaquah Hobart Road.  Go for about 12 miles, ’til the road crosses the river.  From Portland, take HWy #18 to the Issaquah/Hobart exit (just past Maple Valley), and head  south on 267th Ave SE through Hobart and until the road crosses the Cedar River. The race is at the bridge.

Cost:  Registration is $20 for ACA members/$25 for non-ACA members.

Volunteers to help with course set up on Friday are welcome.

Explore the River with NRG

Looking for a new way to experience the scenic beauty of Oregon?  Check out some of the great waterways near Portland – the Columbia Slough, Smith and Bybee Lakes, the Willamette River, Ross Island, Sauvie Island, Nehalem Bay and Vancouver Lake.  Northwest River Guides runs beginner and intermediate kayak lessons and kayak trips on these rivers and lakes near Portland.  Come enjoy a wonderful day of kayaking and instruction with Northwest River Guides.  Call 503.772.1122 for more information or to register for a trip.

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A NRG student enjoying the mellow Willamette River.

Learn to Kayak

Take a beginner kayak lesson with Northwest River Guides and learn to whitewater kayak on the Clackamas River, just outside of Portland, OR.  NRG also teaches kayak classes on the Sandy River near Portland and on the Santiam near Salem.  Call 503.772.1122 to get started learning to kayak!  NRG also does whitewater rafting and inflatable kayaking trips on the Clackamas, Sandy and Santiam Rivers.


Having fun on the Clackamas River with Northwest River Guides.

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