Kayak and Canoe Tours

Hop in a two person kayak or a canoe and paddle along the lush riverbanks of the Lewis and Clark River. See bald eagles soar while you calmly float through history and hear a unique perspective of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The themes of these two and a half hour ranger-led paddles will vary and include natural and cultural topics geared for all interests.

Tours will run Friday through Sunday during the summer. Tours will start on June 28, 2014 and run through August 31, 2014. For tours after Labor Day please check back in July.

The park will provide water craft, paddles, and life jackets. Reservations will start in June and will be on a first come first served basis. You can download and fill out the reservation form, then fax it to (503)861-4428 or call the kayak reservation hotline at (503)861-4425. Please allow a day or two for us to process your reservation. Children are welcome age 10 and up and each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to tides, the start time of each tour changes. Meet at the Netul Landing (south entrance) at the canoe launch area, one mile south of Fort Clatsop visitor center.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the program begins.

Date Time
June 28, 2014; Saturday 1:00 PM
June 29, 2014; Sunday 1:00 PM
July 4, 2014; Friday 4:00 PM
July 5, 2014; Saturday 5:00 PM
July 6, 2014; Sunday 5:00 PM
July 11, 2014; Friday 11:00 AM
July 12, 2014; Saturday 12:00 PM
July 13, 2014; Sunday 12:00 PM
July 18, 2014: Friday

4:00 PM

July 19, 2014; Saturday 5:00 PM
July 20, 2014; Sunday

5:00 PM

July 25, 2014; Friday 11:00 AM
July 26, 2014; Saturday 12:00 PM
July 27, 2014; Sunday 12:00 PM


August 1, 2014; Friday 3:00 PM
August 2, 2014; Saturday 3:00 PM
August 3, 2014; Sunday 4:00 PM
August 8, 2014; Friday 10:00 AM
August 9, 2014; Saturday 11:00 AM
August 10, 2014; Sunday 11:00 AM
August 15, 2014; Friday 3:00 PM
August 16, 2014; Saturday 4:00 PM
August 17, 2014; Sunday 4:00 PM
August 22, 2014; Friday 10:00 AM
August 23, 2014; Saturday 10:00 AM
August 24, 2014; Sunday 11:00 AM
August 29, 2014; Friday 1:00 PM
August 30, 2014; Saturday 2:00 PM
August 31, 2014; Sunday 2:00 PM


Participation Requirements:

  • Register prior to paddle
  • Physically able to complete a two and a half hour paddle
  • Have basic swimming skills
  • Not afraid of falling into the water
  • Weight limit is 250 lbs. per person.
  • Each child must be over the age of 10, must meet the above requirements, must be accompanied by an adult, and be able to paddle without assistance
  • Life jackets will be worn properly at all times during the paddle and only taken off when on land.
  • Participants exhibiting intoxicated or inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave.
  • Please no pets.
  • Please download, sign and bring the release of liability form (one for each person) the day of your reservation.
  • The paddle could be canceled because of inclement or unsafe weather conditions.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. The first 30 minutes will be a safety and boat use orientation. If the participant(s) miss this orientation then the reservation will be cancelled.

Participants should dress and bring the following the day of the paddle:

  • Clothing that can get wet
  • Layers and protective clothing such as windbreakers
  • Hat and Sunglasses, Water (a bottle for each person), snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Examples are Tevas river sandals or old tennis shoes. No flip-flops or high heels.
  • Change of clothes and towel to be left in the participant's vehicle in case participant gets wet
  • Release of liability form.

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