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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

24th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta *** WAIT LIST***

24th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta *** WAIT LIST***

Sunday August 05, 10:00am - 2:00pm

*** Wait list*** Please follow the registration link to sign up for the wait list. You still have a good chance of receiving a spot!

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other, Sunday, August 5th from 10am to 2pm. 
Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, the Columbia Slough.  Regatta is not actually a race; this family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced paddlers and novice paddlers alike. 

The event features complimentary 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals (all equipment provided) for registered attendees.  Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations, enjoy hands-on nature activities, live music and guided tours. Free t-shirts and refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

Regatta is an opportunity for neighbors to embrace this historically “under-loved” waterway.  Throughout its twenty-three years the Columbia Slough Watershed Council has worked to create partnerships with local government, businesses, community members, and environmental interests to help recognize and promote the Slough as a regional amenity and recreational destination. The Slough is a unique waterway because it is situated in one of the most populated and industrialized areas in Oregon. In the past various water quality issues had a large impact on fish and other aquatic species. People were reluctant to paddle and swim in the area.  But since the first Regatta celebration in 1995, Clean Water Act requirements, installation of sewers, riparian planting projects, individual actions, and stormwater management projects have limited harmful pollutants.  Today the Slough is the cleanest it has been in over a hundred years.

Advanced registration is required below, or by calling (503) 281-1132. Participants with their own human-powered watercraft and safety equipment are also welcome to register and join the fun. Crews will be available to help unload and transport boats. $10-$50/person or $25-70/family sliding scale suggested donation.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds!

Community partners tabling including

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Friends of Baltimore Woods
Next Adventure
Bureau of Environmental Service
Bee and Bloom
PCC Sylvania Learning Garden
Portland Parks & Recreation
Latino Network

Featuring music by:

DJ hell books - playing records from classic Pacific Northwest artists like the Sonics, to the lush soul music of Irma Thomas, to classic rock favorites like The Velvet Underground and David Bowie, and summer favorites such as Cumbia tunes!

Event Details


St. John’s Launch
Located one driveway west of 9363 N. Columbia Blvd