Popular Spots to Kayak
Recreation Passes can be purchased at our store! Stop by to rent a kayak or stand up paddle board, pick up your pass, and head to one of the spots listed below.
- A very popular spot in the Mt. Hood National Forest with a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood. There is a $5 day-use fee from May 15th to October 1st. During the summer months, Trillium Lake gets crowded, so early morning hours are ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. A trail circles the lake to access different boardwalks.
- One of the few lakes in the Mt. Hood National Forest that allows motorized boating. For day-use there is a $5 fee, which the Northwest Forest Pass can be used as a form of fee payment. Timothy Lake is a popular spot for camping and has several hiking trails as well.
- Within the Mt. Hood National Forest there are two day use areas: North and South. For each there is a $9 entrance fee for day use. Lost Lake is a resort and campground, so if you and your family are looking to camp there are many campgrounds to choose from, as well as lodge rooms.
- Closer to Eugene, Clear Lake is a great spot for kayaking and paddleboarding as no motorized boats are allowed. The lake is fed by snow runoff, so the water is always crystal clear. Cabin rentals are available, and there are many fishing, hiking, and mountain biking spots to enjoy. Additional vehicle fees are $8.
- In Wasco County, just south of Mt. Hood, is Frog Lake. The campground provides easy access to the lake for swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. It is recommended that you check current conditions before planning a trip, as snow can oftentimes prevent access. A $5 pass is required for day use.
North Fork Reservoir
- On the Clackamas River, North Fork Reservoir is an easily accessible area for outdoor activities. Located behind the North Fork Dam, this area is perfect for kayaking in a relaxing environment. If you are planning on staying the weekend, there are alcohol-free campgrounds available.
- Along Estacada Lake and near the River Mill Dam is Timber Park, a free park in the Portland OR and Salem OR areas that is open year-round. The park is a great outdoor area for kayaking, but the park is well-known for the disc golf course. The 18+ Hole course is the oldest in Oregon.
- In Clark County there is a 2.5 mile stretch where you can kayak, and Vancouver Lake is a great spot for beginners. There is a daily parking fee of $3 for cars: there is no entrance fee, so those riding bicycles or walking to the lake will not need to pay the fee. Vancouver Lake opens at 7AM.
- The Columbia River runs around Sauvie Island. It is recommended that only experienced kayakers/paddle boarders venture into these waters, as they see heavy boat traffic. For a more family-friendly option, Sturgeon Lake is a safe and easily accessible spot. Make sure to get a parking pass - they are available for purchase at stores on Sauvie Island.
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