Henry Hagg Lake in Gaston in Oregon's Tualatin Valley – Oregon lakes
Henry Hagg Lake in Gaston in Oregon's Tualatin Valley – Oregon lakes
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Water Recreation

Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is rich in outdoor recreation, and water sports–especially kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing–are popular pastimes throughout Oregon.

Tualatin River National Water Trail

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, Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe’s Tualatin rental location at Brown’s Ferry Park rents canoes and single and tandem recreational kayaks. The Tualatin Riverkeepers rent canoes and kayaks at Tigard’s Cook Park and Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro(on a first come, first served basis). 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 official map lists river access points, as well as places to stop and grab a bite along the trail, will help guide you along the river.

Learn more about the Tualatin River National Water Trail
Download the Tualatin River Water Trail Map

Henry Hagg Lake

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. Starting Memorial Day weekend (and through Labor Day) kayaks and standup paddleboards are available to rent at the lake.

Fishing in Tualatin Valley

Fishing is another popular pastime in Oregon, and visitors can get in on the angling action, as well. Trout, crappie and bass are just three varieties of fish that can be found in the Tualatin Valley’s rivers, lakes and ponds — it’s some of the best and most diverse fishing you’ll find near Portland, Oregon. Find where to fish in Tualatin Valley

Adults with boats 10 feet long and longer need a Waterway Access Permit. This includes rafts, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes etc. You can buy a permit online through the Marine Board’s Boat Oregon Store or at the ODFW office, ODFW License Agents, or ORFW Electronic Licencing System.  Learn more about waterway permits