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Paddle the 21st Annual Columbia Slough Regatta


The Olmstead Brothers’ 1903 Portland Parks Plan said “…the remaining great landscape feature of the city is that of the Columbia Sloughs.” See for yourself at the annual Columbia Slough Regatta starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 2. The slough’s calm water is a safe and lovely haven for family activities, wildlife watching and leisurely paddling.

All ages are welcome at this family event. Bring your own canoe or kayak or register for rentals. Event organization request a donation of $8.00 per person or $25.00 per family, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Early registration for rental boats is highly recommended.

21st Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, August 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Launch Location: Multnomah County Drainage District, 1880 NE Elrod Drive, Portland, OR 97211

Driving Directions:

From the south: Follow NE Columbia Boulevard to the traffic light at NE 21st Avenue. Follow NE 21st north to its end at NE Elrod Drive. Turn left (west) onto Elrod Drive and follow the road for about three tenths of a mile to event parking.  

From the north: From Marine Drive travel south on NE 33rd Avenue for about one mile. Turn right (west) onto Elrod Drive and follow the road for about one mile to event parking.

TriMet: Buses #70 and #75

For more information or boat rentals, contact the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at or visit 

To volunteer, email or call 503-281-1132. 


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