Canoe Glows As Sun Sets Along Willamette R.

Canoe Glows As Sun Sets Along Willamette R

Canoe Glows As Sun Sets Along  Willamette R. When the weather heats up, folks flock to the water. For paddlers, that typically means hitting one of many nearby rivers, such as the Willamette River. As the sun sets along the Williamette River, Portland, Oregon, 3 canoes have been docked. It is the suns glow on the blue water and the positioning of the canoes that highlights the end canoe with a bluish glow.

Waterfront Park is a great introduction to the Willamette. It sits on the river’s west bank in the downtown area and is home to events and festivals. The amphitheater at the park’s southern end hosts a blues festival, Dragon Boat Races and the Oregon Symphony. In the northern section, you’ll find a river overlook, access to a small cruise ship providing river tours and a giant water fountain (Salmon Street) perfect for cooling down on a hot day. If you’re visiting between March and December, stop by the Saturday Market in Ankeny Plaza — it’s an unrivaled craft and farmer’s market.

Maritime Museum
The Oregon Maritime Museum doesn’t only provide you with Willamette River maritime history; it actually gets you on the river — the museum is located in an old steam tug that’s moored in Waterfront Park. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is home to a 2,200-volume maritime library, volunteer docents retelling local river history, nautical artifacts, ship models and a small gift store. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday (excluding holidays) and children 6 and under get in free.

Sea Kayaking
You can also get a water-level view of the Portland skyline in a sea kayak. The RiverPlace Marina in Waterfront Park provides access to Ross Island kayak tours. It takes about two and a half hours to make a round-trip paddle in the Willamette River to the island, which is a natural area managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and home to bald eagles and a Great Blue Heron rookery.

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