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Tualatin River Water Trail
Name: Tualatin River Water Trail—Lake Oswego Diversion Dam to Rood Bridge Park
Parks agencies, launches & contacts:
• Hillsboro Parks & Recreation: Rood Bridge Park (503) 681-6120
• Metro: Farmington Launch (503) 665-4995 ext 0
• Tigard Parks & Recreation: Cook Park (503) 718-2591
• Tualatin Riverkeepers: (503) 218-2580 for river condition; boat rentals
Cook Park has closest parking and best access to a launch, therefore:
Recommended location: Cook Park 17005 SW 92nd Ave Tigard OR
Hours: 8 am to dusk
Public transit: None within a mile
Length: Users can choose how long they are on the water—40 miles total
How difficult is it: Easy to moderate for small boat users with some experience
Dates of last visit: September 21 and October 9, 2021
While the Tualatin River stretches almost 80 miles from the coast range to the Willamette River, only the lower 40 miles of the river are accessible to paddlers. With a barely-detectable current in the summer, the Tualatin River Water Trail is the perfect place for beginning paddlers and families with children. Along the way, wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant as you paddle through farmland, suburbs and the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
Much of the Tualatin River runs through private property. Currently there are no campsites on the lower Tualatin River. Please do not trespass on private property or on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. We also ask that you pack your litter out with you. Trash cans and restrooms are located along the river at Willamette Park, Fields Bridge, Brown’s Ferry Park, Tualatin Community Park, Cook Park, Jurgens Park and Rood Bridge Park.
For camping, RV sites, lodging and information for things to see and do in the Tualatin Valley, visit this link. Tualatin Riverkeepers is working with local governments to increase public access to the river. The Paddler’s Access Guide to the Lower Tualatin River is produced and published by the Washington County Visitors Association, in partnership with the Tualatin Riverkeepers.
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