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Rood Bridge Watercraft Launch Reopens Memorial Day Weekend

Post Date:04/23/2018 3:37 pm
The new and improved watercraft launch, opening Memorial Day weekend, will make it easier for paddlers to access the river.
A family of three paddles a canoe on the Tualatin River on a sunny day.

Do you ever wish you were floating down a gentle river on a hot summer day, listening to the birds sing, and hearing the occasional splash of a fish jumping?

This Memorial Day weekend, the reopening of the watercraft launch at Rood Bridge Park will make it easier than ever to enjoy life on the water. The renovated boat launch improves on the original small boat ramp, which was too short to reach normal water levels, leaving a steep, muddy strip of land to cross to get to the water.

Since its closure late last summer, the new concrete ramp has been reconfigured to extend to the water level for easy access. A modular, floating dock will also be installed seasonally, making it easy for users of all abilities to enter and exit watercraft. The City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department partnered with Metro and Oregon State Parks to finance the improvement project. 

The Tualatin River’s calm flow makes it one of Oregon’s most family-friendly rivers and a perfect place for families and beginning paddlers. The access point at Rood Bridge Park (river mile 38.4) is the end of the newly designated Tualatin River Trail. Conveniently located five miles downstream is Metro’s new Farmington Road access site. This stretch of river is perfect for a short one-way adventure or a longer round-trip float. 

Learn more about Rood Bridge Park’s features and amenities.

The Tualatin River’s calm flow makes it a perfect place for families and beginning paddlers. 
 A group of kayakers make their way down the Tualatin river with rich foliage in the background
With new improvements, the launch will now facilitate access for those of varying abilities.
The new launch area, with a concrete ramp, is pictured in the fall.
The watercraft launch area at Rood Bridge Park was once steep and hard to access. 
Kayakers launching from the boat ramp before improvements were made

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