Lewis and Clark
National Historical Park OR, WA

Lewis and Clark River Paddle Tours

Hop in a 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 include various natural and cultural topics geared for all interests.

Tours will run Thursday through Sunday during the summer. Tour reservations for the 2021 summer season will start on June 1, 2021 at 9 am. No reservations will be accepted prior to that date.

Tours will run Thursday through Sunday during the summer. Tours will start on June 26, 2021 and run through September 5, 2021. Start and end times are different every day and dependent on the tides.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is modifying its kayak tour operations in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities. The Park reserves the right to cancel tours and/or limit the size and length of the tours. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • 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 1, 2021 on a first come first served basis.
  • 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.
  • Due to COVID-19 and to meet CDC requirements, we are only allowing families or "pods" to use double kayaks, therefore all participants must be at least 13 years old. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommandate children kayaking this year. If you are by yourself or your group has an odd number then you will be in a kayak by yourself.
  • 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. Park admission is $10 per adult (16 years and older) or free with National Park pass. Paddlers 13 to 15 years old are free.
  • Use of a personal watercraft is limited and must be preapproved.

Participant Requirements - Please read before making a reservation.

  • 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 13 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.

For questions or requests related to physical accessibility and services and accomodations the park can offer, please call (503)861-4425.


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Last updated: June 18, 2021

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road

Astoria , OR 97103


503 861-2471
Rangers are available to answer your calls between the hours of 9 - 5 PST.

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