“To inspire community members to protect the Tualatin River, we first must make them aware of the river.”

This was the idea that served as the main impetus in the creation of the Tualatin Riverkeepers in 1990. The infamous “Westside Bypass” was the catalyzing issue that led the way. Concerned watershed citizens Rob Baur, Kathy Clair and April Olbrich were troubled about the loss of rural and farmland in Washington County due to the proposed Westside Bypass project. They put their heads together and, along with the help of other concerned community members, organized the first Tualatin River Discovery Day. This paddle event that launched from Elsner Park in June of 1990 would serve as a way to get folks out on the river, building a personal connection that would lead to stewardship of the river for years to come.

Recreation has been a pillar of our organization since the beginning and still plays a crucial part in creating more stewards of this watershed. We offer a variety of ways for folks of all walks of life and of all ages to engage with their watershed and learn more about where their drinking water comes from, the creatures that live in our watershed, and the native plants that are present along the Tualatin River.

Plan Your Own Trip

If you’d like to plan your own trip on the Tualatin we have a few maps to help you do just that. We have a printed map and an interactive map for you to explore and plan your next paddling trip on the Tualatin!

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Paddle Trips

Guided paddle trips are led by our trained volunteer trip leaders and offered from May through October. Our guided trips are suitable for beginner paddlers up to advanced paddlers. All gear will be provided.

Any upcoming guided paddle trips will be listed below - click on one to learn more and register today.

We also offer private paddle trips! Perfect for business retreats or family reunions, our private guided paddle trips are available for $45 per person ($58 includes a box lunch) for groups of 12 of more. Paddlers can choose from canoes or kayaks and all gear is included.

Boat Rentals

From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, paddlers can explore the lazy flowing Tualatin River at their own pace. Friday through Sunday, and Monday Holidays, canoes, single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and stand up paddle boards (SUPs) are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 am - 6 pm.


$45 for 4 hours

Double Kayak

$45 for 4 hours

Single Kayak

$35 for 4 hours

Stand-Up Paddle Board

$35 for 4 hours

Tualatin Riverkeepers rents canoes and kayaks from the boat ramp at Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Avenue in Tigard. Prices are listed above for our various rentals. All rentals are for 4 hours, and can be extended for $10 per additional hour for any paddle boat rental. Life jackets and paddles are included.

To make it more affordable for repeat customers the Riverkeepers offer a membership deal. TRK members at the $45 membership level receive one free boat rental. At the $75 membership level they also receive a $10 discount on each additional rental. Memberships are available online here or at Cook Park during boat rentals.

Come Enjoy The River

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Tualatin. Join us on a guided paddle trip, or bring your family to Discovery Day, or maybe you love the Tualatin as much as we do and you want to volunteer with us as a paddle trip leader. Whatever your passion, come join us on the water.