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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

22nd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

22nd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday August 07, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Join our on-the-water festival and celebrate the Columbia Slough!  The Columbia Slough Regatta returns for its annual festival in honor of Portland’s hidden waterway. This wetland waterway provides important habitat for bald eagles, turtles, fish, and otters, as well as enthusiastic kayakers and canoeists.

At this year’s Regatta, over 400 people will meet at the St Johns Launch (9387 N Columbia Blvd) on Sunday, August 7th to launch into the safe slack water of the Columbia Slough. Despite the name, the Columbia Slough Regatta is not actually a race, more of a leisurely wildlife-watching group paddle. Keep an eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtle, Beavers and more! 

Featured will be live music by Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Band and guided tours of the St. Johns Prairie, a former landfill site. Today this prairie is full of native plants that attract Western meadowlarks, streaked horned larks, Western painted turtles and other wildlife. To learn more, follow this link.

Bringing your own boat? Register here..

A donation of $8/person is requested. No one is turned away.

Interested in volunteering?

We need your help! Complete our Volunteer Registration Form or contact us at (503) 281-1132. 

Event Details


St. Johns Launch
9387 N Columbia Boulevard
Portland, OR 97203