Water Recreation in the Tualatin Valley
The Tualatin Valley is rich in outdoor recreation, and water sports–especially kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing–are popular pastimes throughout Oregon.
The Tualatin River, less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Portland, provides cool and calming recreational opportunities, and is one of the best ways to explore the valley. Best of all, no advance planning is necessary for a boat trip, as rentals are available on a drop-in, first-come, first-serve basis at two different locations.
During summer months, the Tualatin Riverkeepers rent canoes and kayaks at Tigard’s Cook Park boat launch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September. If you’re looking for more guidance along the waterway, Tualatin Riverkeepers also offer paddling events throughout the year.
Traveling with your own kayak? You can launch along the river year-round. The new Water Trail Map, which lists river access points, as well as places to stop and grab a bite along the trail, will help guide you along the river.
In the western part of the valley, Henry Hagg Lake is a go-to spot for anglers looking to hook a rainbow trout or smallmouth bass. In addition to fishing, the lake is ideal for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, boating and water skiing. Mad Jack’s BBQ, Bait & Boat rents boats, paddleboards and kayaks, and also sells fishing licenses and bait.