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Portland SUP Launches

It's easy to get in a SUP rut and paddle the same ol' routes time and time again. Fact is, Portland is a SUPers paradise with no fewer than 13 launches within 20 mile radius of the city center. We've highlighted some of the more frequented launches with useful info on the parking situation, description of access and more. Hopefully this map will encourage a little exploring of our 'hood. We'll be adding new sites to this map, including locations beyond the 30 minute limit, so bookmark the map link and refer to it often. We welcome suggestions and comments at the end.

 

Willamette Park

Description: This is the closest access from the shop, about 4 minutes (less than a mile) to paddle the Ross Island Loop or go explore the bridges downtown. Most paddlers go straight across the river toward the boathouses and make a counterclockwise route around Ross Island (approx 4 miles). The east side of Ross Island is a no-wake area. This is appealing to new paddlers and fantastic water for interval/speed workouts. The west side of the island tends to get heavy boat traffic in the summer and can get a little challenging for a novice paddler with the residual bounce back from the island. But, it can also provide a fun downwinder if you are going south against the current on a windy day.

Access to Water: Easy. But, please, do not use boat ramp when boats are present. It’s easy for SUPs to put in off the dock or on the south side of boat ramp.

Parking/Fee: Yes. Pay to park. $1/hr

Nature: Purple martins, great blue herons, bald eagles, gulls, sandpipers, cormorants, kingfishers, and swallows. Beavers are present in the area. Deer have also been seen swimming across the Ross Island lagoon.

Amenities: Includes restroom, boat dock, boat ramp, dog off-leash area, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, and tennis courts.

For more info: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?&propertyid=861&action=ViewPark

Sellwood Waterfront Park

Details: This park is about 5 minutes (1.5 miles) from Gorge Performance. This is another access point for the Ross Island Loop (See Willamette Park) but adds another mile to the loop making it approx 5 miles. It’s fun to get another view of the Sellwood Bridge construction. If you want to get some miles in, head upriver to George Rogers (9 – 10 mile round trip).

Parking: about 100 parking spots. Additional parking on Spokane St and by the Oaks Pioneer Church if you are willing to walk a bit.

Fee: No

Access to Water: Easy. Watch out for dogs! There is a ramp to the dock that can be crowded on warm, sunny days. If you choose the beach, be very careful carrying your board down the stairs. There is also an old “boat ramp” on Spokane Street.

Nature: Purple martins, great blue herons, bald eagles, gulls, sandpipers, cormorants, kingfishers, and swallows. If you paddle behind the Oaks Park floating homes early in the am you might sea a turtle. I’ve seen sturgeon jump heading upriver towards George Rogers and occasionally there are sea lions that like to feed on salmon.

Amenities: restroom, boat dock, dog off-leash area, picnic tables.

For more info: http://theintertwine.org/parks/sellwood-riverfront-park

Portland Boathouse Dock (Wasabi dragon boat dock)

Details: I believe Wasabi Paddling Club owns the dock and it’s about 7 minutes (3.5 miles from Gorge Performance.) I’ve used this dock to attend events at Waterfront Park such as the Blues Festival. If you want to explore downtown waters and admire bridges, this is your put in spot.

Fee: None; permit parking only but I have found a limited amount of free parking.

Access to Water: Depends on where you have to park. Please be VERY careful to watch out for bicyclists and runners while crossing the Eastbank Esplanade. The ramp and dock are well maintained.

George Rogers Park

Details: This park is about 10 minutes (4.5 miles) from Gorge Performance and the site of the annual Willamette SUP Cup. You can paddle downriver to Sellwood Park (9+ miles) or head upriver towards Oregon City (very pretty stretch of river). George Rogers to Jon Storm Park is approx. 8+ miles. The river current can be a challenge during the late winter/early spring months.

Parking: limited parking with only about 24 spots closest to water and another 24 in the upper park by fields.

Fee: No fee

Access to Water: Stairs. Beach. No dock.

Amenities: Restroom, 7 picnic tables, 4 BBQ pits, baseball/softball fields, soccer field, tennis courts.

For more info: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/george-rogers-park

Cedaroak Boat Ramp

Details: This park is about 16 minutes (7.5 miles) from Gorge Performance.

Fee: No fee. Most parking for boat trailers but there are single car spots.

Access to Water: boat ramp and dock.

Amenities: restrooms, close to Mary S Young Park and Cedar Island for hikes.

For more info: http://westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec/cedaroak-boat-ramp

Jon Storm, Oregon City

Details: This park is about 21 minutes (9 miles) from Gorge Performance.

Parking/Fee: No fee; limited parking with maybe 20 spots.

Access to Water: Pedestrian ramp and dock.

Amenities: restroom, drinking fountain, shelter, picnic tables, BBQ pit.

For more info: http://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/jon-storm-park

Clackamette Cove

Details: About 20 minutes (9 miles) from Gorge Performance, this spot has been set up for triathletes to train for open water swimming. It is free from motorized water craft. If the water level is high enough you can go out into the Clackamas River and then to the Willamette. Excellent spot for beginners, interval training and to practice buoy turn practice.

Parking/Fee: No fee; limited parking with maybe 12 spots.

For more info: http://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/clackamette-cove-trail-river-access-trail

Willamette Park/Bernert Landing Boat Ramp , West Linn

Details: This park is about 22 minutes (12.3 miles) from Gorge Performance. This is the confluence where the Tualatin River meets the Willamette River, and a great put it to go explore "The Narrows". The islands of the narrows are owned by Islands here are owned by The Nature Conservancy and Metro. Since they are public lands you can stop and explore the islands ... but beware of poison oak!

Parking/Fee: No fee; plenty of single car parking in boat ramp parking lot and additional parking across from baseball/softball fields.

Access to Water: boat ramp and dock on Willamette or foot path and beach on Tualatin River.

Amenities: restrooms, drinking fountain, 2 large picnic shelters, smaller gazebo, stage area , baseball field, 2 softball fields, grass volleyball court, sand volleyball court, 5 horseshoe pits, playground, and wading pool/fountain.

For more info: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/news/willamette-narrows or http://westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec/willamette-park

Boones Ferry Marina

Details: Boones Ferry Marina and Boating Club is a private moorage facility with a public boat ramp and parking. Be careful not to park in permit parking zone.

Parking/Fee: $5 parking in lot; some parking along road. Details: This park is about 21 minutes (16 miles) from Gorge Performance.

Amenities: Honey Bucket

For more info: http://www.boonesferrymarina.com/boonesferry_marina.htm

Memorial Park, Wilsonville

Details: This park is about 24 minutes (16 miles) from Gorge Performance depending on which route you take.

Fee: No fee; plenty of single car parking.

Amenities: restrooms, drinking fountain, athletic fields, dog area, BBQ grills, picnic tables.

For more info: http://www.wilsonvilleparksandrec.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Memorial-Park-7

Cathedral Park

Details: This park is about 21 minutes (13 miles) from Gorge Performance. This is usually the start or end point of the “Bridge to Bridge” paddle held yearly in August. Check out the Stand Up Portland Facebook Group page for details. St. Johns bridge to Sellwood bridge is 10 – 10.5 miles. It’s about 5.5 miles to the mouth of the Columbia

Parking/Fee: No fee; Mostly vehicle with trailer parking. I would not park a single car in trailer spot. But you could buddy up and park two cars.

Access to Water: Boat ramp and dock. Remember, boaters have the right of way on a ramp. When using the dock, use the outside and leave the ramp for the boaters.

Amenities: restroom, boat dock, boat ramp, dog off-leash area, picnic tables, and a stage.

For more info: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?&propertyid=97&action=ViewPark

Vancouver Lake Regional Park

Details: This park is about 27 minutes (17.6 miles) from Gorge Performance

Parking/Fee: No fee; plenty of parking.

Amenities: restrooms, drinking fountain, BBQ grills, picnic tables, sand volleyball court, and playground. Dogs on leash only. Algae blooms warning: Park can be periodically closed because of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom. Blue-green algae produces toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.

For more info about the park: http://www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/parks/vancouverlake.html

Cook Park, Tigard

Details: This park is about 30 minutes (11 miles) from Gorge Performance

Parking/Fee: No fee; plenty of parking.

Amenities: restrooms, drinking fountain, BBQ grills, picnic tables, recreational fields, horse shoes, sand volleyball, fishing and playground. Dogs on leash only.

For more info about the park: http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/cook_park.php

Tualatin Community Park

Details: This park is about 28 minutes (11.7 miles) from Gorge Performance with access to the Tualatin River

Parking/Fee: No fee; plenty of parking.

Amenities: Boat ramp to Tualatin river, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, a great playground, a skate park for skate boarding and in-line skating, a dog park, and five picnic shelters.

For more info about the park: http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/cook_park.php

Additional Launches Outside 30 Minutes

Chinook Landing Marine Park

Lakeshore City Park (Farview Lake)

Lotus Isle City Park

Frenchman's Bar Regional Park

Lacamas Lake