EUGENE, Ore. -- About 100 canoeists and kayakers left Marshall Island State Park near Junction City Monday morning for the ninth annual . They will pull out Friday at Willamette Mission State Park north of Salem.
The $595 trip is sponsored by the outdoor and environmental group Willamette Riverkeeper.
Each day's leg runs about 20 miles and the paddlers can bob along in swift water, watch ospreys, beavers and other wildlife and get on-going lessons about the ecology of the river. Nights will be spent at city and county parks or private farms.
"The participants of Paddle Oregon see the best of the Willamette," said Travis Williams, Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper, "and also learn about the rivers needs, all from the solitude and quiet of canoe or kayak. The Willamette River is underrated for its wildness and scenic beauty."
Those interested in Paddle Oregon should contact Williams at 503-890-1683.