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Group kayaking at Willamette Falls
Annie Austin | 04/07/2022 |

See Willamette Falls Up Close


Next to Mt. Hood, Willamette Falls is probably the most iconic and photographed location in all of Mt. Hood Territory. Did you know it's as important to Oregon's history as it is beautiful? It also happens to be the site of the world's first long distance electrical power transmission line, which carried electricity to Portland, about 14 miles away. Whoa!

An adventure on the Willamette River will get you up close to this wonder for amazing photo ops and unbeatable memories. With guided trips and rentals offered multiple times a day, it's helpful to plan your other nearby activities for a perfect, seamless time. Some of our favorite options include:

Grab a Field Guide at the Oregon City Municipal Elevator and Shop Oregon City

Savor a Beverage Afterwards Along Our Tap Trail

Dine at One of West Linn's Many Diverse Restaurants on Historic Willamette Main Street 

eNRG Kayaking, Willamette Falls Tour

Related Content: Willamette Water Trail

Visit eNRG Kayaking at its Oregon City shop and headquarters right on the Willamette River to take a guided paddle with them to the falls. Whether you are an experienced paddler or are trying it out for the first time (guaranteed memories!), this trip has something for everyone. Learn kayaking basics and paddle through waters rich with Chinook salmon, shad and sturgeon at different points throughout the year, as well as herons, osprey and sometimes even sea lions. Along the way to Willamette Falls, about one mile upstream, guides will share fun facts and the area's history. eNRG Kayaking takes care of all of the planning, equipment and safety measure, so you can just concentrate on having fun, just one reason why going with guides is the best way to explore Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory!

Related Content: The Story Behind eNRG Kayaking

Once you're back on land there's a good chance you'll need a bit of a recharge. Nearby Corner 14 food cart pod has a bunch of to-go options perfect for this occasion. Or grab a meat and cheese platter from Oregon City Brewing Co. 

Related Content: Things To Do: Oregon City

Whichever adventures you choose to mix and match, we're confidant you'll have a wonderful time. Let us know on Instagram! Use the hashtag #mthoodterritory or tag us @mthoodterritory. See you on The Gram!

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