On the Water

Sure, you can enjoy the beauty of the river from your room, or while enjoying a meal on our patio, but the river calls to be explored!

Take advantage of Oregon’s beautiful summer months by adventuring on the Willamette River. Rent a kayak or canoe and cruise down the river from one of the multiple drop-offs that are walking distance from The Independence Hotel. Want something more structured? Embark on the Willamette River Trail using one of their guides to spot local flora and fauna, track river features or learn the history of the area. For those with kids, or those recovering from a previous day of wine tasting, take it chill and rent a tube to float the Willamette instead, enjoying the slow and steady pace of the lazy river’s natural current.

Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals

Woodward Surf Company is the Premiere Kayak & Paddleboard rental company in the Willamette Valley and they rent right in Riverview Park, just steps away from the hotel. With top of the line gear and a knowledgeable and helpful staff, they will hook you up with all you need for a safe and fun time out on the water. For longer trips, Woodward also offers shuttle services that allow you to show up and get on the water without the headache of shuffling cars and gear up and down the river. It’s easy to reserve online, and ask us at the hotel about special packages.

Willamette River Trail

One of only 20 National Water Trails in the U.S., The Willamette River Water Trail is an established route with identified stops and campsites for paddlers along 187 miles of the Willamette River. The trail has two key guides/maps that enable people to identify access points, campsites, track river features, and offer a bit of history and information on what can be found as you travel the river.

A popular route starts by putting in at Buena Vista Park (for a 10 river mile paddle), or earlier at Bryant Park (24 river miles) and ending right at Riverview Park, right next to the hotel. You will see an abundance of wildlife, passing through forested land and past islands.  If starting at Bryant Park, you will experience the confluence of the Luckiamute and Santiam Rivers near Luckiamute State Natural Area. Nothing like ending the day with dinner and a local wine or brew on our patio, followed by a soak in our hot tub.

A Clean, Healthy River

Willamette Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.  They believe the Willamette River belongs to all of us, and should be cared for as such. We love and appreciate the great work they do to maintain the health of our river. Check out their website, learn about their influential projects and about upcoming events you can participate in to help keep our river healthy.

Go by Ferry……..

Cross the river old-school on one of three ferries on the Willamette River: The Canby, Buena Vista and the Wheatland. While most of Oregon’s ferries have been replaced by bridges, these three remain vestiges of bygone eras. Each are unique and offer three distinct experience for an intriguing and scenic crossing. The Buena Vista Ferry, closest to the hotel, is both highly scenic and wonderfully quaint. Not to be missed, it is one of Oregon’s oldest continuously operated ferries and is free to pedestrians, $1 for a bicycle and $3 for vehicles. Popular cycling trails include the Buena Vista Ferry and a popular kayaking trail kicks off at Buena Vista and concludes at The Independence Hotel.