The John Mcloughlin
Discovery Paddle

Follow the route of the Oregon pioneers.

Contact Information

(503) 772 – 1122

Why Us?


Watch the wildlife

The Willamette river is home to herons, osprey, sturgeons, sea lions, and so much more! Explore this corridor of nature within the heart of the city.


Easily Accessible

Don't have a car? No problem! Use the Metro train / bus transit system from Portland. A shuttle can be available from the Milwaukee Metro train station for an additional fee.


Walk on the Wild Side

The Willamette is home to many small islands - each with their own ecosystems. Stretch your legs and explore the unique plants and animals that live there.

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Bring warm clothing that can get wet and water to stay hydrated. Potluck snacks and additional lights are recommended. Make sure to check the weather before the event to wear appropriate clothing. Please have all party members sign online waivers prior to arrival to expedite the process.

The ability to book online closes 24 hours prior to the event start time. Online booking is also disabled when the event has reached capacity. Please call eNRG Kayaking at (503) 772 – 1122 to complete the booking process or ask for special accommodations.

We will provide credit, free rescheduling, or a 75% refund with more than 21 days in notice. Camps you cancel 14 days prior are subject to a 50% refund or credit, and cancellations occuring less than 14 days are non-refundable. We do not prorate tuition for days missed due to illness or injury.

Physical distancing will be maintained when possible. Masks will be worn when students are within 6 feet of each other. Temperatures willbe check on arrival and hand sanitizer will be available to wash hands both before and after meals. Equipment wil be washed after use. Parents will drive children to the river when possible to minimize shuttles. There will be no overnights.

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Kayak the 1840’s route of discovery by John McLoughlin, the founder of Oregon City, and often referred to as the “Father of Oregon”.  Explore the Willamette River transportation route used by early pioneers from Willamette Falls to Milwaukie.  This 8-mile adventure takes you from the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers in Oregon City downstream past Goat Island, where you can find a heron rookery on the north side.  Continuing down river you will pass the large green spaces of Mary S. Young and Cedar Island Park, continuing towards Hogg Island, a perfect spot for lunch or a snack.  Passing more greenspaces, Foothills and RiverVilla Park, past the manicured riverfront estates of Dunthrope, and ending just past Elk Rock Island.  From here you are in walking distance to the Trimet Lightrail system and steps from downtown Milwaukie.

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