Lewis and Clark
National Historical Park OR, WA

Lewis and Clark River Paddle Tours

Hop in a two person watercraft 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 three hour ranger-led paddles will vary and include natural and cultural topics geared for all interests.

Tours will run Thursday through Sunday during the summer. Tour reservations for the 2019 summer season will start on June 1, 2020 at 10am. No reservations will be accepted prior to that date.

All programs will be Thursdays-Sundays starting June 26, 2020 and ending September 6, 2020. Start and end times are different every day and dependent on the tides.

  • The park will provide a water craft, paddles, and life jackets. However, if you are a special size you may want to bring your own life jacket.
  • Reservations are required, and will be accepted starting June 1st on a first come first served basis.
  • All kayaks are tandem, so if you are in a group with an odd number of people, one member of your party will be matched with a member from another party.
  • Register at Eventbrite.
  • No reservations are taken over the phone, but if you are experiencing problems making a reservation, please call the kayak line at (503)861-4425 and leave a message.
  • Children age 10 and up are welcome. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. (2 children = 2 adults)
  • Due to tides, the start time of each tour changes. Meet at the Netul Landing (south entrance) at the boat launch area, one mile south of Fort Clatsop visitor center 15 minutes prior to program start time.
  • The tour is free with park admission.
  • Use of a personal watercraft is limited and must be preapproved.


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Participation Requirements

  • Register prior to paddle
  • Physically able to complete a three hour paddle
  • Have basic swimming skills
  • Not afraid of falling into the water
  • Each child must be 10 years or older, 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.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a liability form on the day of the paddle.
  • 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; footwear that attaches to the front of the foot and around the heel; no flip flops or high heels.
  • Change of clothes and towel to be left in the participant's vehicle in case participant gets wet.

Last updated: February 6, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road

Astoria, OR 97103


(503) 861-2471

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