It’s easy to take the plunge into paddle boarding – you don’t need a lot of experience to climb aboard, plus minimal gear is required to get started. You can take a quick course from local companies like Tumalo Creek Canoe & Kayak, Stand on Liquid, Standup Paddle Bend, or Sun Country Tours. Or, you can go straight to a rental company to grab your gear and get going.
If this is your first time balancing on the board, Riverbend Park is a great place to go. You can paddle from the sandy shore to the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge, and then turn around to drift back without too much trouble. The more experienced paddler can pass the bridge and float toward the Old Mill District, a happening hotspot known for its arts, dining and shopping scene. For a fully flat-water experience, make your starting point along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, home to alpine lakes and gentle waters for smooth gliding. To enjoy a fun, relaxing day on the water, you can also rent paddleboards by the hour at Elk Lake Marina or Cultus Lake Marina.
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