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Our most recommended Oregon Canoe & Kayak Tours

Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

1. Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

Experience a tandem kayak lake tour and enjoy the best mountainous views in Central Oregon. Meet your local guide in the heart of Bend, Oregon. Along with the rest of your group, make your way out of town and up into the Cascade mountain lakes where your kayaking adventure begins. Receive a lesson on kayaking safety measures before climbing into your tandem sit-on-top kayak.  Navigate your way through little-known caves, bays, and wetlands with the help of your naturalist guide. Keep a look out for the otters, mink, osprey and eagles that inhabit this area, and bring a camera for the best mountain views in Central Oregon. After around 2 hours of paddling and admiring your surroundings, you'll have time for a quick dip in the lakes to cool off. Prior to leaving, take in the views of mountains Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Paulina Peak. You’ll then head back to your kayaking starting point and be driven back to Bend.

Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

2. Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

Take in the stunning views of the Cascades Lakes while sampling some of Oregon’s most celebrated artisanal beverages. After getting all geared up, you’ll head off towards the lake with your naturalist guide and get to paddling through the pristine mountain waters. Gaze out across the crystal-clear lake, situated on the foot of snow-capped peaks. All the while, taste delicious local craft beers while learning about their production. Your guide will highlight the hidden spots on these beautiful lakes that might not initially meet the eye. You will spend over 2 hours on the water exploring areas accessible exclusively by boat, including fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient volcanic activity and erosion. You can even pop into the lake for a dip if you get too toasty. After your excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the meeting point in Bend, having soaked up some of Oregon’s foremost natural beauty.

Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Canoe Tour

3. Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Canoe Tour

Our renowned naturalist guides highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During the journey on the water, learn about the area’s hydrology and how water sustains all living things. The guide will describe how insects, born in the lake’s waters, begin the cycle of life that is realized in this intact ecosystem. Become energized with revelations about natural and cultural history. Go for a refreshing dip along with eco-friendly sunscreen. See parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. Witness sweeping views of the local mountains in Bend, Oregon.

Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

4. Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

Explore the Chetco River mouth and the Pacific Ocean on a kayak tour in Brookings. Feel the difference between calm river water and the waves of the ocean as you paddle in a single or tandem kayak. Keep a lookout for the teeming wildlife, including seals, pelicans, and many fish species. Leisurely paddle your way to the ocean from the pleasant estuary waters of the Chetco River — one of the cleanest rivers in the country. The boat basin in the Chetco River estuary offers the perfect water introduction. Travel through calm waters near fishing and leisure boat docks before entering the Pacific Ocean. Once there, see large kelp forests, rocky coastal habitats, and the prominent Chetco Point, a striking oceanside park. Observe the varied wildlife in the area from the headland that protects the ocean waters from the swells and wind of the open ocean. Keep a lookout for gray whales and harbor seals, which are fairly common sightings on this kayak experience.

Rogue River Full Day Kayaking and Rafting Trip

5. Rogue River Full Day Kayaking and Rafting Trip

Starting off above the ominous Hellgate Canyon, the day beings with some swift water that continues until you enter the narrow gorge of the canyon, where you can relax in the pools, staring up hundreds of feet at the walls embanking you. From here the morning evolves into sequences of class II rapids for excitement, followed by calm pools for taking in the stunning scenery. Those on rafts will enjoy splashing and laughing with friends while waterfowl and ospreys buzz by the group. Inflatable kayakers quickly learn from the hands-on instruction of the guides, and build confidence in controlling their craft. No river trip is complete without a rock skipping contest, for which the picnic lunch allows ample time. After some relaxation, and once all have had their fill, it’s back to the boats for a whitewater rich afternoon, with numerous class II and II+ rapids, sure to keep everyone entertained and on their toes. The trip concludes at the prong of the world famous, Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. Here, at the takeout, you can stare at the American whitewater gems just downstream and begin the process of planning your return to tackle that next section, next year.

Brookings: Chetco River Kayak Tour

6. Brookings: Chetco River Kayak Tour

Immerse yourself in nature on a kayak tour of the Chetco River in Brookings. Keep a lookout for the abundant wildlife, such as pelicans and kingfishers while you stay active. One of the cleanest rivers in the country, the Chetco River is a federally designated Wild and Scenic river, the U.S.'s strongest form of protection for free-flowing rivers. Have a go at paddling the calm and clear waters of the Chetco River with your friends or family. Spot amazing wildlife along your route, including seals and many bird species, getting safely close to nature. Hone your kayaking skills or learn a new hobby on this guided tour of the Chetco River. As a calm freshwater river, it is the ideal spot for beginners. Along the boat basin, view the many different commercial fishing boats, coast guard vessels, and pleasure craft moored up to the docks. Learn about the rich boating culture in the region from your local guide.

Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

7. Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

Explore Orford Heads from the water on a guided kayaking tour. Paddle off into the Pacific Ocean with your guide and kayak to striking caves, arches, and hidden beaches. Keep an eye out for many different types of marine and coastal life, including whales and eagles. Start your morning with a visit to the office to get your wetsuit and gear for your tour. After a safety talk on the beach, follow your guide as you paddle into the Pacific Ocean and over to the majestic Orford Heads. Along your paddle, stay alert for many different types of intertidal critters, sea birds, marine mammals, and interesting geological formations. See small and big sea caves and a rock arch, as well as the historical site of the old Coast Guard Rescue Station Orford Heads. Learn first-hand from your local guide about the area and the animals that inhabit it. Ask questions, get close to the sea stars, touch a jelly fish, and maybe taste a couple of different kinds of kelp.

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What people are saying about Oregon

The guide was nice he loves wild nature and has a lot of knowledge about it, so it's great to share both activities between the kayak and discover wildlife. The lake is huge and the water very clean with a lot of fishes rainbow trouts, perch. We saw beavers and their houses, herons and we spoke about trees and their environment. It's great to meet people that they can practice sport but integrate it inside the environment to avoid the destruction of plants or water etc. We will return there in winter for skiing and snowshoes. because these mountains are so beautiful and still wilds.

The lake was beautiful and the brews were perfectly suited to the vibes of the day. We had never piloted a canoe before, but under Josh's tutelage we were immediately tearing up Elk Lake.

Weather did not permit us going to the lake, so we did a kayak trip on the river and it was spectacular. The guide was excellent and the entire trip was well organized.

Jose was an informative and fun guide. Reviewed how to kayak, how to remain safe in the water and had a surprise for us half way thru the paddle. We highly recommend!