Willamette River

This river is important to Oregon. The largest cities in the state all sit beside its banks. It flows through farmland and forest with its source waters high in the Cascade Mountains. The Willamette River connects people. Accessing the river by motorboat or paddling vessel is a fun way to experience nature and history.  

There are many ways to enjoy the river. If you don't have your own watercraft, local guides will make sure you see the best the river has to offer. If being on the water isn't of interest to you, find a nice place along the banks to watch for birds and fish on the Ruth Bascom Bike Path which follows the river through Eugene. 

Willamette River at sunset by Melanie Griffin
McMenamins North Bank riverside dining by Melanie Griffin


Below are some access points and boat launches for your next adventure on the Willamette River Water Trail. Be sure to always carry the appropriate gear onboard and have a valid permit. Keep our waterways clean and Take Care Out There

Share the water! Listen for motorboats and paddle closer together in groups when you hear a motorboat approaching. Remember that motorboats need deeper water to safely operate and pass. 

Boat Launches


Alton Baker Park

  • 100 Day Island Rd, Eugene OR 97401
  • P: 541.682.4800

Clearwater Park

  • 2400 Clearwater Ln, Springfield OR 97478
  • P: 541.736.4544

Dexter State Recreation Site


Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah

  • 34639 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene OR 97405
  • P: 541.344.8350

Island Park

  • 200 W B St, Springfield OR 97477

Pengra Boat Launch

  • 850 Shore Ln, Pleasant Hill OR 97455

Sears Rd & Cloverdale Rd

  • Cloverdale Rd & Sears Rd, Creswell OR 97426

Whitely Landing County Park

  • Chapman Dr, Eugene OR 97408
  • P: 541.682.2000
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