The Tualatin River is a tributary of the Willamette River that runs through Oregon’s Washington County. This calm, meandering river is a popular water way for kayaking and canoeing, as well as for birding and wildlife viewing. Hikers can access the river’s spectacular Ki-a-Kuts Falls, which is only accessible through a rugged hike through forests.
The Tualatin is the perfect river to introduce recreational kayaking and canoeing to beginners, as well as a nice river for a leisurely paddle for experts. This peaceful, meandering river moves slowly, making it as easy to paddle upstream as it is to paddle downstream.
Access points along the river include:
- Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro
- 99W and Hazelbrook Road, Jurgens Park, Tualatin Community Park, and Brown’s Ferry Park in Tualatin
- Cook Park in Tigard
Boat rentals and guided paddle trips are available through the Tualatin Riverkeepers during summer months.
Hours: River access is available year-round (boat rentals available only during summer months)
Pet Policy: Pets allwowed
Wildlife: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Osprey, Steelhead Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Belted Kingfisher, Painted Turtle, River Otter
Did You Know…
- Before reliable roads were built in the area, stemboats carried crops to market via the Tualatin River?
- The Tualatin River provides drinking water to more than 550,000 people and to the thriving local agriculture industry?