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COVID-19 Message from the Board

Until COVID-19 conditions change, the WKCC will not host any trips that cannot maintain social distancing.
This limits carpooling and shuttles to members of the same household.
Individual drivers could also leave bicycles at takeouts for use later to retrieve their cars. We also suggest park and play or flatwater trips during this period.

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Safety Weekend 2020, July 25/26. Registration is Open!

Registration for our 23rd annual Safety Weekend is open!!


What is Safety Weekend?

Safety Weekend is an introduction to swift water rescue. It's an annual, two-day, non-certification workshop put on by volunteers with the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC.) The workshop offers land and water-based training and info sessions on basic river safety topics including: whitewater safety gear/equipment, throw bag skills, knots, swiftwater crossing, swiftwater swimming, mechanical advantage, and avoiding river obstacles. Safety Weekend is a great chance to learn and/or refresh your whitewater safety skills in a welcoming and fun environment, and a great chance to meet fellow river enthusiasts.


COVID-19 Update: Will Safety Weekend 2020 be canceled due to the coronavirus?
At this point, we don't know, but stay tuned. If we get the All Clear from all involved agencies, we’ll hold Safety Weekend. We decided to make this call on June 15, six weeks before SW. Please register if you plan to attend. You will be issued a full refund should we need to cancel.

So keep on registering, and you will be issued a full refund should we need to cancel Safety Weekend and/or postpone it to a date that doesn't work for you.

More details and registration here.

We need volunteers! Please sign up to volunteer from the link on the Safety Weekend page.

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Upcoming River Cleanups -- Great way to meet fellow boaters and do good. CANCELLED!!

All river cleanups are cancelled. Stay tuned. This won't last forever. 

Great Willamette Cleanup October 3, 2020. Details of this annual event at If you're interested in coordinating a cleanup site, contact

There’re now 4 monthly Willamette River cleanups—Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene. Check Willamette Riverkeeper website for meeting location and signup.

Eugene--Usually the 2nd Tuesday. For details see Facebook page Eugene-Springfield River Guardians Trashy Tuesday. If there's enough interest, a second monthly cleanup will be added.
Corvallis--Usually the 2nd Thursday. For details see Facebook page Corvallis River Guardians Trashy Thursday.
Salem--Thursday, April 16,10:30.

McKenzie River, Finn Rock. First Fridays from March to November. Friends of Finn Rock Reach. Cleanup sponsored by McKenzie River Trust. Check for details, signup and numerous other events.

OSMB Reported Obstructions Alerts

See the posted river/water hazards here.

WKCC Facebook Page

If you have a Facebook account, search for "Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club" and join the group.

Welcome to the WKCC and Oregon Paddling!

The Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club has a membership of over 300, and is based in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. The club's goals are to: 

  • Organize paddling trips on all types of water, all over Oregon and other Western states, for its members.
  • Help members acquire the confidence and skills needed for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Promote the enjoyment, challenges, thrills, and camaraderie of kayaking and canoeing.
  • Promote and practice water safety.
  • Help conserve, preserve and protect the free-flowing rivers of Oregon.
Please use the buttons on the site menu to learn about member benefits, upcoming trips & events, and Safety Weekend. Then click the Join the WKCC member to become a member. See you on the water!

Where Are Our Members From?

Waterway Access & Aquatic Invasive Species Permits for boats 10 feet & longer.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Permit required for non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer will be replaced by a Waterway Access Permit. The AIS Permit will remain for out-of-state motorized boats and is included in Oregon boat registration fees. 

More info at

Oregon Invasive Species Permits Now called Waterway Access Permit is required on boats 10ft or longer.  $7/day, $19/year, $30/two year. Available on-line or at BiMart, Walmart, and others.

Idaho Invasive Species Boat Stickers

Washington Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permits
Washington State also requires a Discover Pass to park at most state park boat ramps. $10/day or $30 /year plus processing fee.

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