Willamette Falls – the nation’s second largest waterfall – is rich in history and cultural significance. It has been a gathering place since time immemorial and helped power the first industries in the Pacific Northwest. By the 20th century, paper mills and dams had displaced tribal fishers and effectively blocked access to the falls. Now, a coalition of tribes, governments and a nonprofit organization is working to revive the native presence at the falls and create public access. We’ll paddle (kayak or stand-up paddle board) one mile upstream on calm water to the base of the thundering falls. Expect to see lots of wildlife while learning about the rich past and exciting future of this iconic natural place. No previous paddling experience is required. Please note lunch costs are not included in the price of this trip and will be on-your-own at the food cart pod.