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7 Best Water Activities To Try In Portland

The Best Water Activities in Portland

Portland, Oregon, aside from its scenic views and health food scene is known for its proximity to water and outdoor activities, making it an ideal destination for those seeking water adventures. In this article, we’ll highlight the 7 best water activities to try in Portland, providing detailed information on each activity, including rental options, safety tips, and other practical considerations.

Kayaking on the Willamette River

Kayaking on the Willamette River is an exciting experience that offers breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and landmarks. You can paddle from downtown Portland, past the Tilikum Crossing Bridge, to Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Rentals are available, and kayaking is safe for all skill levels. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a water bottle.

Stand-up Paddleboarding on the Columbia River

Stand-up paddleboarding on the Columbia River is a peaceful and calming activity that allows you to take in the serene beauty of the area. The river is known for its clear waters, and you may spot some wildlife, such as bald eagles or beavers. Rentals are available, and paddleboarding is suitable for all ages and skill levels. Be sure to wear a life jacket and bring a waterproof phone case.

Whitewater Rafting on the Clackamas River

Whitewater rafting on the Clackamas River is an adrenaline-pumping activity that promises a thrilling adventure. The river is perfect for both beginners and experienced rafters, with Class II and III rapids that provide excitement and a challenge. Tour options are available, and safety gear is provided. Make sure to wear water shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Jet Skiing on the Willamette River

Jet skiing on the Willamette River is an exciting and fun activity that will give you an adrenaline rush. You can speed past the city’s skyline and see it from a different perspective. Rentals are available, and jet skiing is safe for all skill levels. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and wear a life jacket.

Fishing on the Columbia River

Fishing on the Columbia River is a popular activity that offers an abundance of fish, such as salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. You can fish from the shore or on a boat, and tour options are available. Make sure to get a license and follow regulations. Bring your own gear or rent it from a local shop.

Waterfall Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

Hiking to waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge is a stunning and awe-inspiring activity that takes you through lush forests and past cascading waterfalls. Trails range from easy to strenuous, so choose one that fits your skill level. Safety gear is recommended, and make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.

Swimming at Sauvie Island Beach

Swimming at Sauvie Island Beach is a refreshing and relaxing activity that allows you to soak up the sun and cool off in the water. The beach has amenities, such as restrooms and picnic areas, and is safe for swimming. Make sure to check water conditions and follow safety guidelines. In conclusion, Portland offers a wide range of water activities that cater to all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, there’s something for everyone. From kayaking on the Willamette River to swimming at Sauvie Island Beach, Portland’s water activities are diverse and accessible. We encourage you to try them out for yourself and make unforgettable memories.


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a Portland native and master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.

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