The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is planning a water paddle festival and regatta to showcase the recreational opportunities of the waterway. It’s not really a race, say organizers, but a family-friendly event for novice or experienced paddlers.
Before and after paddling, participants may visit with members of local environmental and water-based organizations, and enjoy hands-on nature activities, live music and guided tours of the Multnomah County levee system. The levees reduce the risk of flooding for nearly 13,000 acres near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, will launch from the Multnomah County Drainage District office at 1880 N.E. Elrod Drive. Advance registration is required at www.columbiaslough.org or by calling 503-281-1132. A donation of $10 per person or $25 per family is requested but no one will be turned away.
Complimentary 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals will be available, with all equipment, for registered attendees. Those who have their own human-powered watercraft and safety equipment also may register. Crews will be available to help unload and transport boats.
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council has worked for 23 years with local governments, businesses, community members and environmental groups to recognize the slough as a regional amenity and recreational destination. Since the first regatta in 1995, pollution in the waterway has been reduced by Clean Water Act requirements, installation of sewers, riparian planting projects and stormwater management projects.