Columbia Slough Regatta, Sunday, July 25
The Columbia Slough Small Craft Regatta, the largest one-day paddle in Oregon, returns for its 16th anniversary on Sunday, July 25th from 9 am to 1 pm. This annual celebration of the Columbia Slough highlights recreation opportunities on this hidden gem of local waterways, and draws more than 400 participants for a morning of free paddling and fun.
This year’s Regatta launches from the Multnomah County Drainage District at 1880 NE Elrod Dr in Portland. Paddlers can travel east through a shaded wetland that is home to bald eagles, deer, river otters, and fish. Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations and enjoy hands-on nature activities. Free t-shirts and refreshments will be provided while supplies last.
“The Drainage District is pleased to host Regatta and is proud to be involved as both a founder and sponsor for this year’s sixteenth annual event on the Slough,” said Bob Eaton, executive director of the Multnomah County Drainage Districts. “It is great to have people’s excitement, and the vivid colors of the kayaks and canoes, surrounding us.”
Complimentary 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals are available through the Council, but advanced registration is required at www.columbiaslough.org or 503-956-8558. Life jackets and paddles are included with these rentals, which tend to fill up weeks in advance. Participants with their own human-powered watercraft and safety equipment are welcome to come without reservations, and crews will be available to help unload and transport boats. A voluntary donation of $7.00 per person is requested to support Columbia Slough Watershed Council programs and events.
“The Regatta is a celebration I look forward to each year,” said Susan Barthel, a long-time supporter of the Columbia Slough. “It’s amazing how much free fun we have in the city!”
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is a diverse group of neighbors, property owners, businesses, environmental advocates, recreation activists, and government agencies representatives. Its mission is: “to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Columbia Slough and its watershed.”
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218
To foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed