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Address: 6600 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239-3550
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+1 503-459-4050

Portland, Oregon's source for quality kayaks, paddling gear, kayak trips,...

Portland, Oregon's source for quality kayaks, paddling gear, kayak trips, classes, and rentals. Our shop is located just steps from the Willamette River, allowing easy access for kayak rentals, demos, guided kayak tours and classes. Our guided Ross Island Kayak Tour is a great way to check out the sport. Also, Dragon boat paddlers will find paddles and the paddling attire they need here at the shop. We also offer unforgettable kayaking vacations to Baja, Mexico.

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Great First Date (in Feb 2012)

My wife and I owe our marriage to a large degree to the folks at Portland Kayak. My wife is an avid kayaker, and for a first date suggested possibly Kayaking. Unknown to me... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 February 2016
Ross Y
Hillsboro, Oregon, United States

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We went on the 9am Ross Island "tour". I use quotes because I didn't really learn anything, it was more of a "follow-the-leader" up the river trip. There wasn't any wildlife to see on Ross Island, which was a bummer because I was enticed by that part of the "tour" description. Overall the scenery was lacking, without wildlife Ross Island... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

My wife and I owe our marriage to a large degree to the folks at Portland Kayak. My wife is an avid kayaker, and for a first date suggested possibly Kayaking. Unknown to me, she was able to get me a rented drysuit and kayak for an unguided trip on the Willamette river. I was sick with a head cold,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

We did an afternoon tour, replete with beautiful weather, a bit of a cross-breeze sufficient to move the kayaks around, and an absence of boaters.....in short, superb conditions for introduction to kayaking 101. After a safety briefing, we saddled up (can you saddle a kayak? I think not) and began our three hour tour around Ross Island. I made Gilligan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

We did the 10AM Ross Island tour. In our early 60s we managed just fine as newcomers for this 3 hour tour. They offered tandem kayaks for couples... which was perfect if one didn't want to paddle much. It does become tiring near the end, but it is a terrific experience. One sees a entirely new view of the Portland!... More 

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Groton, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

We took the Ross Island tour and had a nice afternoon on the water. Portland was going through a heatwave and the drought kept us from going on a planned wetland tour with another kayak company. We heard from our hotel that Portland Kayak had a nice tour around Ross Island, was a close distance from the hotel and had... More 

Thank Mark S
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

We did the trip in August 2015. when visiting Portland. We had never kayaked the Williamette before so we thought a guided tour to show us the sights was the right way to go. The trip was great, and our guide was very nice, It is about 2.5-3 hours round trip around Ross Island. The river flows very gently so... More 

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Saratoga CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

My wife and I are experienced kayakers and own sea kayaks. But when we visit a new area we prefer to do a kayak tour so that we can benefit from the local knowledge of the guide. I prearranged our tour via the telephone. We were joined by our friend who is a novice kayaker. On a beautiful Saturday morning... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

Sunset Tour - The majority of the trip takes place in daylight, it's not until the last 30 mins or so that the sun starts to set, but it's a cool view nonetheless. There was everything from a beginner to experienced kayakers (and a pregnant woman) on this trip, so it truly is open to all levels. We had 2... More 

Thank autumnpuppy
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

My boyfriend surprised me with a Full Moon Paddle trip. I was pretty tired after a full day at work, but the guides were very easy-going and everyone went at their own pace. I really enjoyed this trip so much more than I thought I would. It is great to see the city from the river, and the kayak trip... More 

Thank Debbie S
Portland K, Manager at Portland Kayak Company - Day Tours, responded to this review

Great to hear that you had a good time. Even when it is not a full moon we do run evening trips but just a littler earlier, starting at 6pm. Hope to have you paddle with us again soon. More 

Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

So much fun! We walked in on a Sunday and were able to get a double kayak in minutes. After some instructions, we wheeled our kayak down to the river and hopped in! It was a beautiful day on the river. Took some great pics of the city from the water. It was Ashley's first time in a kayak! She... More 

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