Willamette River: Buena Vista to Independence

MODERATE 6 reviews

Willamette River: Buena Vista to Independence is a 12.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Independence, Oregon and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.4 miles
22 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

paddle sports

paddle sports
1 month ago

Great paddle. We used our SUP’s and were able to stand quite a bit. We also stopped at the Chatoe Rogue for lunch and tried some great brew! Awesome day!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

don't be misled. this is not a hike. it is a float trip and one well worth doing. osprey and eagle's are common. there are lots of places to explore the river banks and the first six miles are fairly secluded. the last five have some river side homes and motor boat activity but I don't thinks it's that bad

Monday, April 11, 2016

The directions take you to a house at a dead end road which IS NOT the trail head. The woman outside was doing some gardening and was very nice to let us know that quite a few people have been making the same mistake. Unfortunately there is no trail, it's just a boat ramp. Disappointing.

Friday, August 07, 2015

This is a nice, easy float for kayak, canoe or tube. Watch out for the ferry right after you enter from the boat ramp at Buena Vista. And stop halfway through at the Rogue Hop Farm for a cold brew and lunch from the food truck (burgers, etc.).

Always have tags, PFDs and whistles. Cops on jetskis often approach as you round the bend to go under the bridge just before you return to Independence.

WATCH FOR MOTORIZED BOATS. We witnessed some bad, unsafe behavior by boaters while out this summer, and one kayaker from a LARGE, visible group was struck the following weekend by a boater who just wasn't paying attention.

WTH? The options for activity are "ocean kayak" and "whitewater kayak." How about just... kayak?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

paddle sports
Saturday, August 09, 2014