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“Water is our first medicine.
When you have nothing else - Water”

- Judy Bluehorse Skelton

Water Connects Everything

If you are looking for a deeper connection to water - through recreation, education, science, arts, and beyond, we invite you to dive in!

Stories from Our Community

In this award-winning three part documentary series (produced in partnership with Columbia River Intertribal Fish Council and MetroEast Community Media). Follow the Water explores our connection to water, from its sacred role in our spiritual health to our practical need for clean water from our taps.

Chapter 1: Connection

Water is the reason this planet is so special and unique. Everything that lives here relies on water. Listen to personal stories about the powerful connection we have with water, our food supply, and our well-being. The purity of our water sources is crucial to this connection but recovery for our water, our health, and our environment is possible.

Chapter 2: Disconnection

Water is the reason this planet is so special and unique. Everything that lives here relies on water. Listen to personal stories about the powerful connection we have with water, our food supply, and our well-being. The purity of our water sources is crucial to this connection but recovery for our water, our health, and our environment is possible.

Chapter 3: Reconnection

Water is the reason this planet is so special and unique. Everything that lives here relies on water. Listen to personal stories about the powerful connection we have with water, our food supply, and our well-being. The purity of our water sources is crucial to this connection but recovery for our water, our health, and our environment is possible.

Take Me to the River

If you are looking for places in Oregon and South Washington to recreate in, on, or near water, we have the resources for you, including helpful tips for people looking for accessible and family friendly options.

Lincoln City’s Finders Keepers

When you’re exploring the coast near Lincoln City, Oregon, be on the lookout for the colorful twinkle of a hand-blown glass float. As the name suggests, those who find one get to keep it! The glass floats hold a special connection to water. Treasure hunters used to search Oregon’s coastline for Japanese fishing floats. The… Continue Reading Lincoln City’s Finders Keepers

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Soundwalks Around Portland

Plug in your headphones, listen to an audio guide, and take a stroll through a beautiful park in Portland, Oregon. Soundwalks are immersive experiences where the listener participates in an audio and visual journey. These soundwalks usually take around 40-60 minutes to complete. One such soundwalk is called “Heal the Land, Heal the People, Cully… Continue Reading Soundwalks Around Portland

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Take Care Out There

“Take Care Out There” is a campaign that aims to help promote responsible recreation in Oregon and ensure outdoor opportunities for health, connection, and joy for generations to come. To help preserve Oregon for generations to come by following these three simple values: Prepare, Care, Connect. Prepare Plan Ahead Be Ready Don’t Forget Care Make… Continue Reading Take Care Out There

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Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead / Amazon Creek

Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends! The trail starts in the forested hills of South Eugene, Oregon, and winds around Amazon Creek. At the trailhead, you can bike at Fern Ridge Path and find amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, and a viewing… Continue Reading Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead / Amazon Creek

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Find A River Near You With The Swim Guide App

Every season, the allure of cool, refreshing water draws people to visit the rivers, lakes, and beaches of Oregon and Washington. However, with water quality and safety concerns, accessing reliable information is crucial before taking a dip. That’s where the Swim Guide app, developed by Columbia Riverkeeper, comes in. The Swim Guide app tracks data… Continue Reading Find A River Near You With The Swim Guide App

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Stay Safe And Use Life Jacket Loaner Stations

What’s that in the forecast? Warm weather? It’s a great time to get out to the river, but remember, it’s important to be safe out in the water! Do you know how to stay safe while you’re swimming? The state of Oregon operates life jacket loaner stations on an honor system—an essential for accessible summertime… Continue Reading Stay Safe And Use Life Jacket Loaner Stations

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TRACK Trails

Hiking isn’t just walking in nature—it can be a scavenger hunt! The TRACK trails program by Kids in Parks provides young children and families with curiosity-sparking guides, turning hikes into exciting, treasure-finding journeys. Each trail has brochures that teach kids about local birds, trees, flowers, insects, and animal tracks. Families can enhance their adventures through… Continue Reading TRACK Trails

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Silver Falls State Park

The largest and most visited state park here in Oregon is Silver Falls State Park! Known as the “crown jewel” this natural wonderland has something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a first-time visitor. Silver Falls boasts a network of stunning hikes such as the Trail of Ten Falls—a winding path that takes… Continue Reading Silver Falls State Park

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Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is a beautiful and serene lake located in the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon. Surrounded by towering pine trees and the Three Sisters Wilderness, it offers a picturesque and peaceful setting for outdoor activities. Some popular activities at Sparks Lake are fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, boating, and mountain biking. Trails lead from… Continue Reading Sparks Lake

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Sauvie Island

It’s prime time for a visit to Sauvie Island, Portland’s beloved swim spot for the dog days of summer. The island offers five beaches: Reeder Beach, Walton Beach, Collins Beach, North Unit Beach, and Warrior Point Beach. Embrace the natural beauty of the Columbia River and soak up the sun while being your full self—swimsuits… Continue Reading Sauvie Island

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Current Culture

For time immemorial, the waters of our region have inspired creativity and ingenuity. Learn more about how water inspires arts and culture in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Curious About Water?

If you want to wade in to water science or deepen your knowledge about the many and varied water ways of our region, we invite you to check out our posts and resources.

Simple Acts to Protect Water

Whether its practical tips for water use around the house, or hands-on projects that allow you to take action to protect our local water ways, we have resources to help you become a local water hero.

What's Your Lawn Style?

Do you have a lawn at home? Then you can make a difference in river health today from the comfort of your own back (or front) yard.

Check out this program for tips from OSU Master Gardeners on how to maintain a beautiful and nature-friendly lawn.

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Connect With Us

Follow the Water is hosting a wide-ranging conversation about water. We invite you to follow us on social media or contact us via this website!