Best Kayaking in Oregon

Looking for the best kayaking in Oregon? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Oregon. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Explore Cape Kiwanda

    Cape Kiwanda is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route. It offers sea stack rock formations, beautiful beaches, sand stone cliffs, and if you are lucky enough, amazing wildlife. It is the home of the Pacific Dory Fleet.If you are early enough, you c...

  • Photograph Trillium Lake

    Trillium Lake is a popular camp spot at the base of Mount Hood. It's known for it's scenery, abundant recreational activities, and is family friendly. Boating, swimming and fishing are quite popular on the 63 acre lake. There is a small boat ramp ...

  • Camp at Lost Lake

    When the temperature starts to creep up in the summer, Lost Lake is the perfect escape. The campground provides you with everything you could want – miles of scenic hiking, a multitude of water activities, and even a general store for anything you...

  • A Quick Escape to Sauvie Island

    During those summer days when you’re desperately seeking some sand between your toes, open space to soak up the sun, and nature to play around in…Sauvie Island is calling your name. Located just 10 miles outside of downtown Portland, Sauvie Island...

  • Exploring Oregon's Cape Lookout

    Cape Lookout is a two-mile long peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean from Oregon's rugged coastline.The park features more than 170 campsites, yurts, rustic cabins, and a day-use area, all located a short walk from the beach.There are roughl...

  • Hike around Clear Lake

    Once you arrive at Clear Lake, I suggest to start the relatively flat hike around the lake. You'll walk through a beautiful forest with peek-a-boo views of the stunning lake. The hike around the full lake may take a few hours, so if you're not sta...

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  • Boat-In Camping at Sparks Lake

    Looking for the beauty and serenity of a backcountry campsite, but with the convenience of car camping? These 20+ secluded paddle-in campsites along the shoreline of Sparks Lake are just for you. Park your car, load up your watercraft of choice wi...

  • Kayaking the Lower Tualatin River

    The Tualatin River runs from Hagg Lake, near Forest Grove, then travels through many small towns before it empties into the Willamette River at Willamette Park.Start at the Tualatin Community Park in Tualatin and paddle down to Willamette Park in ...

  • Paddle Around Ross Island

    This is a great little adventure for those looking to get on the water, but who don’t have time to escape the city. Paddle the loop around Ross Island for a scenic workout and a relaxing picnic.To begin your loop, put-in at Sellwood Riverfront Par...

  • Camp at Nehalem Bay State Park

    Nehalem Bay State Park is a great central location on the Oregon Coast to use as a base camp, whether you want to go south to explore Cape Kiwanda or go north to photograph the famous Cannon Beach. There are six loops: A-F, and only A-C are open i...

  • Camp at Leslie Gulch

    I think that when you decide to travel through Oregon, you anticipate a scenery that surrounds you in luscious green forests and crystal blue rivers that you cannot take your eyes off of. Rather at Leslie Gulch; it's about the volcanic "tuff" form...

  • Kayak Camping at Waldo Lake

    Waldo Lake is at the top of most Oregon paddler’s lists for a late-summertime adventure. Not only is the lake perfectly set up for days of exploration, but the visibility of the water is staggering…and record setting. It’s been measured over 150 f...