The Willamette River Water Trail
Flowing through forests, meadows, parks, farms, and cities large and small, the Willamette River is the defining natural feature of the Willamette Valley. The river descends from it's headwaters in the Cascade and Coast ranges, with their wide, blue-green vistas, to the city of Eugene. It then winds it's way 187 miles northward through the valley to Portland. Towering black cottonwood trees frame the main stem's riffles and pools throughout it's length.
Monmouth is within an hour drive from world class surfing. For a directory to local surf spots see
Oregon Surf Guide North
Paddling and Kayaking
There are a number of excellent areas to float in the Monmouth area. For a directory to local trips, click here. Check out the Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club for group trips in the area. Willamette River Water Trail is also a popular paddling destination in the area.