Paddle Oregon
20th Anniversary Adventure...
To Be Continued in 2021
Paddle Oregon 2020 is Canceled
Hello All - 

I’m writing to you on a cool coastal feeling morning in the Portland area after the first hot weekend of the year in early May. This change of seasons always feels great. 

Nineteen years ago at about this time, in my first year as Riverkeeper & Executive Director at WR, I was preparing with our partners to host the first Paddle Oregon. From the get go - the trip was a hit, owing to the beauty of the Willamette, a great community of people, and the sheer fun and uniqueness of the event. Since that time we did another 18 Paddle Oregon’s in each successive year, and this year we were set for a big celebration for the 20th trip!

After waiting a few weeks to determine if Paddle Oregon can take place in August during the time of COVID, we’ve decided to cancel the trip this year.  

Like you, we really wanted to make this trip happen, and were imaging the various contingencies we could put into place to protect all of us. Unfortunately, imagining people sitting three to a table at dinner, wearing masks in 85 degree heat, and having pods that are socially distanced just seems to be a ridiculous notion. Those are but three of the factors that are against us this time around. The biggest issue is the health of all of us. 

As you likely know, this event has multiple roles,  one being a staple fundraiser for our small non profit organization You have several options outlined below related to your trip fees paid to date.
  • All of you who have made registration payments can receive a full refund.

  • Alternatively, for those who are able, please consider converting your total registration fee into a tax-deductible donation, and receive a 21% discount when you register for the 2021 event next year (this applies to those who have already paid in full).

  • Request a partial refund, converting a portion of your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation.

If your donation totals $120 or more, you will be entered into our 2020 Raffle  where you could WIN can canoe package or kayak!
Over the next few weeks we will be in touch in regard to ways that you can engage with the river, from online platforms to learn about the Willamette River, to how to plan for a canoe and kayak trip on your own. We may even be able to host some smaller paddle trips, depending on the conditions. 

Please reply to this email to let us know how you would like us to handle your 2020 registration fees paid to date.

Thank you, friends. We'll be planning for FUN in 2021!
Join us when we really celebrate "20 Tours of WOW"
August 16th - 20th 2021
For the River,

Travis Williams
Riverkeeper & Executive Director
Looking Back
In 2001, Willamette Riverkeeper invited the world to "join us in the Northwest's newest outdoor tradition!"

Our goal was to "promote education, recreation and public awareness of the Willamette River's beauty, heritage and environmental habitats." 

We believed, and still do, that a critical mass of paddlers could "help shape the transformation of the river from the 19th and 20th century utilitarian values and uses to a 21st century goal of a pristine, sustainable resource for recreation, economic growth and healthy habitat."

After 19 adventures spanning 1900 river miles, with over 2000 participants and volunteers over the years, plus one nationally recognized Water Trail system, we think it's safe to say that thanks in large part to people like YOU ... we have achieved our goal and more!
Join us when we really celebrate "20 Tours of WOW"
August 16th - 20th 2021