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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 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-$60/person or $30-125/family sliding scale suggested donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds!

Community partners tabling including
IQ Credit Union
The Boeing Company

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Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr, Portland, OR 97211

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Susanne Raymond


(503) 281-1132

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Bureau of Environmental Services logo
Alder Creek logo
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District logo
Tualatin Riverkeepers logo
Multnohmah County Drainage District logo
IQ Credit Union logo
The Boeing Company logo
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7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 281-1132
Office Hours: (Typically)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Columbia Slough Watershed Council