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Nature Outing: “Wapato On The Willamette”–Kayak Trip To The Gail Achterman Wildlife Area

September 10 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Kayaking on the Willamette (image: US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Paddle on the Willamette from Riverview Park in Independence to Wallace Marine Park with a stop at the Gail Achterman Wildlife Area (GAWA) to see the largest stand of wapato (an important native plant) on the Willamette River. Learn about tribal uses of wapato and planned habitat restoration efforts for this unique area. Ages 12 and up; previous kayaking experience is helpful but not required. A limited number of scholarships available for high school students. Space is limited to 15 participants.

What to bring: Bring your own kayak, life jacket and invasive species permit (or) rent a one-person kayak for $65 (life jackets and invasive species permits provided with kayak rentals).

Location:  Start at Riverview Park (in Independence) and end at Wallace Marine Park (in Salem)


  • $10 for David Douglas Society (DDS) members
  • $25/non-members (includes a one-year membership to DDS)
  • $50/non-member families (includes a one-year family membership to DDS)

To register: Email Catherine@StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org or call 503-302-4645.

Advance registration required by Friday, September 8, at 5:00 pm.


September 10
1:30 pm - 6:30 pm


David Douglas Society
Straub Environmental Center