Best Places to Kayak Near Portland

Henry Hagg Lake, OR

Henry Hagg Lake is one of the few human-made options on our list and sits a mere 25 miles west of downtown Portland.

Tualatin River, OR

It doesn't have much of a current, and since it’s located relatively close to Portland itself. Tualatin River is a calm spot perfect for novice kayakers.

Multnomah Creek, OR

Multnomah Creek is a technically challenging stretch of water full of wildlife and many nooks and crannies to explore.

North Fork Reservoir, OR

North Fork Reservoir is right off the Clackamas River corridor, and it’s an excellent place for people.

Timothy Lake, OR

Travel roughly 50 miles south of Portland, and you’ll find stunning Timothy Lake.

Willamette River, OR

Willamette River is one of the two rivers that embrace Portland, and you can access it close to the northern part of the city.

Columbia Slough, OR

The Columbia Slough waterways are a mere 19-miles long, but it deserves a special place on our list.

Sauvie Island, OR

Sauvie Island deserves a special place on our list because it's such a unique place to paddle, and you get to see some great views of the island.

Lake Harriet, OR

Lake Harriet is another reservoir near Timothy Lake, roughly an hours’ drive southeast of Portland.

Scappoose Bay, OR

Check out Scappoose Bay. This tidal bay is full of wetlands, sloughs, and tiny islands.

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