November Riverscape 

From The Riverkeeper

Mid Willamette looking postcard-perfect

Hello Folks - 
November, full of rain, leaves, slightly rising waters, and the dense smell of wet soil along the Willamette floodplain. From the tributaries to Willamette Falls, the water is rising and getting colder. 
See the fishing platform anchored to the basalt

Speaking of Willamette Falls, recently our friends at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde erected a temporary traditional fishing platform at the Falls, in order to catch fish accorded by their treaty rights. Based on the traditional approach to fishing at the Falls on wooden platforms over the water, the Grand Ronde received full State of Oregon concurrence to build this new temporary platform. 
An 1841 sketch of native people fishing at Willamette Falls
Over just a few difficult logistical days in October, the Tribe got the job done. I'd like to congratulate the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for this historic move! Given that native peoples have utilized the Falls for thousands of years prior to the first white visitors, it seems a very solid move for the State to support and approve their effort. 
Like us, the Grand Ronde Tribe is doing a lot to help protect water quality and restore habitat, and are excellent partners in this work.
Hopefully next year they will be able to build the platform and leave it in place permanently, as well as gain an easier access point from Portland General Electric. At the last minute, PGE revoked an access agreement due to "safety concerns."  We'll encourage the folks at PGE to rethink their approach with the Tribe in 2019. 

Come view the Falls with us on our last River Discovery Paddling trip of the year (see listing below). 
For the river. 


Travis Williams
Riverkeeper & Executive Director

TODAY is a BIG GIVE DAY- Thursday, 11/8 

It's the Give!Guide's 1st BIG GIVE day of the season! 

Give $10 or more to us today and you could win a $500 shopping spree to  Powell's Books! Plus, if you are 35 or under, y ou have twice the chance of winning, as Powell's will be giving out a second gift card to one donor under the age of 36!

From now through 12/31, we have even more incredible incentives to GIVE! to us through the Give!Guide to help us reach our goal of 25K in end-of-the-year dontions!
  • Donate $25 and receive a Red Duck Taco Sauce
  • Donate $35 or more and be entered to win raffle prizes from Paddle People: an Alps Mountaineering Glamping Cocktail Set or a Current Designs Kayak Paddle
  • Donate $100 or more and receive a free basic skills class for 2 from Alder Creek
  • Donate $150 or more and receive a 3 pack of Red Duck Sauces ... hand picked by your favorite non-profit team in a heated tasting event at the Red Duck office!
Wild & Scenic Film Festival- Thursday, 11/29 

Join us once again as we host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Enjoy 12 environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Our program will also include 4 exclusive, big screen premiers, all focusing on Pacific Northwest themes, presented by prominent documentary filmmakers including  Uncage the Soul Productions and   Freshwaters Illustrated. We'll also share  One Tree Planted's world premier of "Roots," featuring our 600+ acre floodplain forest restoration project at Willamette Mission State Park.

Tickets are available now at REI Portland's customer service desk ($12), or at the door of the Hollywood Theater the night of the event ($15). 

Your ticket includes eligibility for 1 FREE raffle entry, and this year's raffle prizes are off the charts! You'll have a chance to WIN an REI Co-op tent, packs, camp chairs, Patagonia fleeces and duffles, and our grand prize- a tandem canoe package (boat, paddles, PFDs & water trail maps- WOW)!

Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale in the lobby the night of the event. 
WHEN:  Thursday, 11/29- doors open @6pm, films begin @7pm

 Hollywood Theater in Portland, NE Sandy & 41st
You could WIN me!

Volunteers Needed- River Guardian Cleanups

Check out these two opportunities to "Get Dirty for Good' with us this fall!

WHAT: Trashy TUESDAY- Eugene/Springfield
WHEN: Tuesday, 11/13 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
DETAILS: Join the Eugene-Springfield River Guardians volunteer crew to float the river while removing trash and debris from the urban waterfront as we prepare for high water events in winter. We'll focus on the section between D Street in Springfield and Alton Baker Park in Eugene this month. Limited seating in rafts or bring your own boat (BYOB). Questions? Contact

WHAT: Trashy THURSDAY- Corvallis
WHEN: Thursday, 11/15 from 8:00am - 1:00pm
DETAILS: Join us along with our partners at Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Marys River Watershed Council and be part of our brand new team of Corvallis River Guardians as we float the Willamette from Crystal Lake Boat Ramp to Michael's Landing, focusing our efforts on the Marys River Confluence area, cleaning the riverbanks from trash and debris. Limited seating in rafts, or BYOB! Questions? Contact

River Discovery Willamette Falls Paddle- 12/1

Join us for our last River Discovery trip of 2018: a paddling adventure the Willamette River's most impressive feature- Willamette Falls!

Located 26.5 miles upstream from the Willamette's confluence with the Columbia, Willamette Falls is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest by water volume. Its horseshoe shape, caused by a basalt shelf in the river floor, is 1500ft wide and 40ft high. Led by Travis Williams and WRK staff, we'll explore the area around this natural landmark, admiring scenic views and the historic locks, as well as the mark of industries past and present. Bring your own boat or reserve a Riverkeeper canoe (in which case you must recruit your own paddling partner).

WHERE:  launching from Sportcraft Marina Boat Ramp in Oregon City

 8:30am to 11:30am (arrive at 8:30am, and we'll launch by 9am) 

BRING:  dress for conditions: wear clothing that wicks moisture, be prepared for rain, pack additional extra dry layers, water, & snack.

Thank You Volunteers!

Many, many THANKS to YOU, our incredible volunteer force, for making our 10th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up a solid success! You filled out more than 30 clean up locations spanning over 200 miles of river. Together we removed trash from our waterway, made new friends, and gave our river a collective "hug." 

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors and partners, many of whom rolled up their sleeves and "got dirty for good" alongside us, and helped make this trash-bash possible!

Welcome Little Riverkeepers

Last month we welcomed Restoration Manager, Marci Krass, back to the office.  As you can see, she's had her hands full!

Introducing Weston and Willow, the newest members of our Willamette Riverkeeper community!

These two are sure to be getting their feet wet and exploring their river by next summer.

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