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Explore the Tualatin River on your Own

Tualatin Riverkeepers along with several other community organizations and government partners recently completed a successful application for the National Park Service to designate our Tualatin River Water Trail as a National Recreation Trail! This designation highlights our river as a federally-recognized source for nature education and outdoor recreation, and allows us to continue to advocate for its protection in our community.

This designation took over a decade to achieve and we are all so proud to celebrate our river in this way, and we hope you are too! In addition to joining us at River Rentals or on a guided paddle trip, there are so many ways to get out and explore the Tualatin River and the thriving community that surrounds it. Here's how to get out on the Tualatin River Water Trail on your own.

Plan Your Trip

Explore our Interactive Water Trail Map before planning your excursion along the river to get an idea of paddling time, length between put-in and take-out sites, and amenities at parks and launches, like parking and bathroom facilities. Not only does this map help you plan out your day, but it also helps us access these sites responsibly. We want our community to have access to the Tualatin River, but we also want to do our part to keep our river clean and accessible by not damaging or overcrowding our riverside parks.

You can find a fullscreen version of this interactive map here, and if you'd rather look at a static map, you can find a PDF version of our Water Trail Map with much of the same information, including site amenities and estimated paddling time between launches.

We would like to thank Portland Community College’s GIS application class, and especially Thomas Pham, for taking this project on and assisting us in our mission to protect, restore, and enjoy the Tualatin River.

Before You Go

Make sure that you're prepared for your day of paddling by reviewing our Water Safety Guide, and taking necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. This includes things like checking the weather, dressing appropriately, and having a PFD whenever you go out.

It's also really helpful to check out river conditions before you go, especially if you're going out during the shoulder season. Water Reporter is an online community platform that catalogs sightings and observations along the Tualatin River. See something interesting while out on the river? You can upload it to Water Reporter! Just want to know what the river is doing before heading out on a paddle? Check Water Reporter. A guide to using the Water Reporter app can be accessed here.