Wildlife Kayak Tour of the Smith & Bybee Lakes Wetland Natural Area
Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]Hidden among port terminals, warehouses and ageing industrial developments, lies one of the region’s best-kept secrets- Smith and Bybee Lakes. This 2,000-acre wildlife reserve is home to beavers, ospreys, bald eagles and dozens of other bird species you’ll be surprised to encounter just 10 minutes from downtown Portland. Smith & Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected urban wetland in the nation. This trip will be led by the world-class guides and naturalists of eNRG Kayaking. An introductory lesson will start the day for anyone unfamiliar with recreational kayaking. As we paddle through a series of inter-connected slough, waterways and lakes our naturalist will narrate the habits, routines and lifestyles of the creatures we encounter. River otters, nutria and black-tailed deer are common to the area. Over 100 species of birds have been observed here. Additionally, Smith and Bybee are home to a large population of the threatened Western Painted Turtle. We will travel through a unique wilderness area, watch the great wildlife of Pacific Northwest and experience the family-friendly sport of kayaking. Join us for a great afternoon on the water! No prior experience required. Kayaks, Paddles, PFDs and Clif Bars provided.
Take I-5 to west N. Marine Dr. (exit 307). (If you’re going north on I-5, the exit road continues for about 1 mile before a right turn onto N. Marine Dr.) After about 2 miles on N. Marine Dr., you’ll be on an overpass from which you can see Smith Lake to the left. At the bottom of the overpass, look for a brown and white sign with “Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area”. Turn left into the driveway and proceed about 1/8 mile to the parking lot on the left.
To continue to the non-motorized boat launch site: Proceed past the parking lot, continuing for about 1/4 mile to the boat launch on the right. Parallel parking is available on the non-lake side of the roadway.
3-Day Lower Deschutes River Kayak Adventure
Price: Depends on size of group and dates
Time: 3 Days
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]This three-day Deschutes trip from August 22 to the 24th is our all-inclusive kayaking trip for beginner to intermediate kayakers. Our group will run through Oregon’s high desert canyons on one of our Nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers from the Buckhollow (just below Sherars’ Falls) all the way down to Heritage Landing on the mouth of the Columbia River. Over this 43-mile stretch, we will work on scouting and running class I to III rapids including Wreck Rapids, Macks Canyon Rapids, Washout Rapids and Colorado Rapids – some of the rivers finest whitewater. (For beginners, difficult rapids can be portaged or floated with ease on top of our accompanying 14’ gear raft.)
View BLM’s Deschutes River Map at http://www.boaterpass.com for more details on this stretch of river. (Once on BLM’s site, click on “The River” and view Maps 6-10.) We’ll play hard and practice executing the paddling techniques we’ve worked so hard to develop all spring and summer! This is where your hard work really pays off. Our 4:1 student/teacher ratio will allow for intimate instruction throughout the entire trip. In the evenings we’ll have a chance to explore some of Central Oregon’s desert features by foot…if you’re not too exhausted from paddling…before you can relax in front of a freshly prepared meal.
This three-day trip includes gourmet river meals prepared with local foods from the region – organic and hormone-free when available. Because we maintain close relationships with all of our students, we can also customize meals according to special diets. Camping gear can also be arranged if needed.
Price includes: World-class guides, on-water instruction, all meals, shuttle, kayaking gear (if needed), camping gear (if needed), and transport for all of our gear down the river. Contact us if you have any questions or you’d like to sign up![/EXPAND]
Pacific Northwest Whitewater Tour
Price: Depends on size of group and dates
Time: 7 Days
Dates: May 2012
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]The month of May is the best time of year to take a kayaking road trip in the Pacific Northwest. Late spring rains and the melting snow pack bring rivers to perfect levels just as long-buried roads begin to thaw in the wilds of the Cascade Mountains. Sam Drevo, world-class guide and instructor, will lead our group to some of the most exciting, scenic and fun rivers. Sam has lived in the Northwest and explored its river for the last 12 years, notching first descents and discovering new classics. The NW tour will travel to legendary paddling destinations – Bellingham’s North Cascades, Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Drainage, Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, in search of the best whitewater available. The memories of this trip will last a lifetime. We guarantee this will be the best paddling trip you have ever taken.[/EXPAND]
Skookumchuck Ultimate Surfing Trip
Price: $1100.00 (includes transportation in Canada, food, accommodations, sea kayak tour, and more)
Dates: 2011 TBA
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]Join eNRG kayaking as we adventure to the Skookumchuck Rapids in Vancouver B.C to surf “the Skook,” one of the world’s best play waves, located just off the remote and scenic Sunshine Coast. While a strong roll is required, a great deal of play boating experience is not. The “Skook” is formed by an incoming tide flowing over a rock shelf that generates a standing wave that gradually builds in intensity, giving beginner play boaters an excellent opportunity to surf the wave at gentler levels. When not surfing to your heart’s content, enjoy the sea village of Egmont and the surrounding area. Dine on fresh sea food, explore the surrounding waters by sea kayak, and relax in the peaceful setting of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.[/EXPAND]
Nehlaem Bay Excursion
Time: 4 Hours
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]Let eNRG Kayaking facilitate your discovery of Nehalem Bay on the majestic Oregon Coast. We will survey this beautiful waterscape in quiet, sleek kayaks. You can expect to see a plethora of waterfowl and wildlife including bald eagles, osprey, herons, and the occasional elk. This 4-hour adventure will be relaxing and exhilarating as you learn about the environment and the sport of kayaking. Learn about proper stroke and rescue techniques. We will break for lunch in the middle of our journey at a secluded spot, and then continue exploring the bay to the takeout. No prior experience necessary. All equipment included.[/EXPAND]
Ross Island Kayak Tour
Time: 2.5 hours
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]Come join eNRG Kayaking’s certified instructors for a fun and educational 2.5-hour class on flatwater. Try out a stable recreational kayak as we paddle to Ross Island. This is an excellent chance to test out different equipment and get professional feedback before you buy. This intro class will be engaging, as you will learn basic kayak nomenclature and proper stroke techniques, as well as get a chance to sneak up on some unsuspecting great blue herons, and ospreys. Ross Island hosts refuge to a large number of waterfowl, so don’t forget to bring your binoculars. By the end of the class, you will be equipped with the knowledge for our excursion courses.
No prior experience necessary. All equipment included.[/EXPAND]
Savuies Island Kayak Tour
Time: 2.5 hours
[EXPAND Expand for Trip Details]Come explore this beautiful island with white sand beaches only 20 minutes from downtown Portland. The flat water kayaking is spectacular here in the summer months because of its intricate lakes and intertwined and connected waterways. Learn more technical aspects of paddling, and advanced strokes like the low brace turn underway, and advanced draws while you enjoy solitude of the narrow canals. Sauvies Island is a favorite for birders because of the large population of waterfowl attracted to the island. Paddle past bald eagles, osprey, cormorants, woodpeckers, and herons. It is also a great way to access the freshest berries, that no one else can access, in the late summer. This a great family trip.
No prior experience necessary. All equipment included. [/EXPAND]