In this article, we’re uncovering 6 beautiful locations to SUP in Oregon!
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions in the entire United States. The lush pine forests, the cold crisp lakes, and the rushing rivers all combine to make this region special. And one of the most popular places for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
While we could go on about the entire Pacific Northwest’s charm, instead we’re narrowing down the best places to paddle board in the state of Oregon. In these places you’ll find everything described above – and more! So, let’s dive right in and discover some of the best places for a SUP adventure in Oregon.
Columbia River Gorge
Number one on our list is synonymous with Oregon – the Columbia River Gorge. The scenic views alone are enough for a visit – even if you don’t want to SUP (but you should). The river itself is wide, surrounded by mountains, and even has some waterfalls to discover.
However, there is also a current in much of the paddling here. So be wary of this before you go. If you’re a beginner paddler, it’s best to stick to the lake options on our list. If you’re an experienced paddler, always remember to wear proper safety gear when out on the river.
This spot for SUP in Oregon offers a bit more of a challenge. For much of the river, there is a fairly strong current that flows through it. So, again, if you’re a beginner, it’s best to head to a lake. But for the experienced paddler, this is a fun stretch of water to feel what it’s like to paddle in a moving current. Just make sure to wear your proper safety gear and only paddle on an inflatable board to avoid any damage.
If you’re looking for a fun challenge on your SUP in a controlled area, head to the Bend Whitewater Park in Bend. There you’ll find kayakers, surfers, and other water sports enthusiasts testing themselves in a small stretch of manageable rapids. It’s a blast for everyone involved!
For absolute beginner conditions with calm water, wide-open spaces, and plenty of room to explore, Wallowa Lake is the place to go.
Not only is it great for beginners, but it’s a beautiful location you’ll likely want to visit again and again.
Other than that, there isn’t much else to stay about Wallowa Lake other than it’s a great place for beginner paddlers to explore and for relaxed paddlers to spend a long weekend in the wild.
The best launch location is the Wallowa Lake State Park in Joseph. There you’ll find all the information you need to get on the water, as well as opportunities to camp right near the water. Win-win!
Calling all adventure paddlers! We’re back on the river. And that means currents, whitewater, adrenaline, and a whole lot of fun. Plus, with several challenging rivers located on the Willamette River, you can pick and choose which stretch you’re ready to conquer.
If you’re looking for the easiest (and most convenient) launch location we suggest heading to the Sellwood Riverfront Park in Portland.
The Cascade Lakes are a group of stunning alpine lakes located in the Cascade Mountains and are on the list of the most beautiful locations in Oregon. Who are we kidding? Almost every location on this list is beautiful!
But the Cascade Lakes, as stated above, are made of multiple lakes, each with its own unique views and characteristics. While we can’t cover them all, we can point you to the best launch locations…
First, check out Elk Lake at the Elk Lake Resort in Bend. After you’re done paddling. Bend, Oregon is a great place to explore! Then you can head to the Cultus Lake Resort in Bend which sits on the shores of Cultus Lakes – yet another stunning place to SUP.
That concludes our list of the best places to SUP in Oregon. Ready to start planning your trip? First, you’re going to need the perfect adventure board built and designed to go anywhere in the world and conquer any body of water – an Atoll iSUP.
And like always, remember to adventure on!