24th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta
Sunday August 11, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other, Sunday, August 11th 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 activities and live music. There will also be walking tours of the levee system that helps to protect the Portland International Airport and regional industry from flooding within an important area that encompasses over 2,000 acres of parks, opens spaces, wildlife habitat and recreational areas.
This year’s Regatta will also feature a storytelling booth sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to collect stories about attendees experiences touring the watershed and levees. Free t-shirts 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-$60/person or $30-125/family sliding scale suggested donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds!
For public transportation take Bus #70, and get off at the NE 21st & Riverside Way stop. From there you can walk to the festival by following the signs. It is a .4 mile walk. We hope to have a shuttle from the bus stop to the event for people who would prefer not to walk! Parking is also available, and there is plenty of room to park bicycles.
Community partners tabling including
IQ Credit Union
Multnomah County Drainage District & Levee Ready Columbia
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Portland Harbor Community Coalition
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
55th Cascadia Scout Troop
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Featuring music by:
Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr. Portland, OR 97211