Seasonal Features Summer

Summer brings balmy days that can feel eternal — shady trails beckon, the waterways glisten and the sun shines late in the evening. But these precious hours won’t last forever, and we’ve got a fresh batch of stories to help you squeeze out every ounce of adventure.
Test your skills with whitewater SUPing, kick it on the Coast and camp under a blanket of glittery stars. Or celebrate the heritage of Oregon’s diverse peoples and get lost in the drama of the stage. Consider this your summer bucket list.
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    How a Play Comes to Life

    Behind the curtains at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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    Whitewater SUPing on the Lower Deschutes

    A newbie navigates rapids on a Wild and Scenic River

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    The Case of the Missing Canoes

    One man’s quest to discover the forgotten craft of his tribal ancestors

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    48 Relaxing Hours in Florence

    A couple slows down on the Oregon Coast

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    7 Otherworldly Stargazing Spots

    Remote areas of Oregon offer some of the darkest skies in North America

Enjoy the Season Stories from Summer

five of 70 Stories about Summer in Oregon
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    Rogue River Summers, According to a Rafting Guide

    written by Michael Hughes on March 23rd, 2016

    Ever since my first rainy Rogue River trip in 2010 with Northwest Rafting Company, I’ve been hooked. A rafting trip is filled with so many activities it is hard to name them all. The river is a place where everyone can be a kid again, do…

  2. The Big Float

    Where to Find Portland’s Urban Beaches

    written by Willie Levenson on March 17th, 2016

    A little-known fact about Portland, even to its residents, is that the largest public space in the central city is the Willamette River, comprising 490 acres (16 percent!) of the area. Until the 1960’s, the Willamette River was dominated by…

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    The Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

    • Distance: 50 M / 80 Km
    • Minimum Driving Time: 2-5 Hours
    • Best Time to Drive: Year-round

    Winding through the heart of Tualatin Valley’s vineyard country, this tour route beckons you to enjoy the region’s agricultural and viticultural bounties among bucolic rural scenery.

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    Chasing Rainbows on the Deschutes

    written by Chris Santella on July 1st, 2015

    Most fly-fishers agree that central Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River with its native rainbow trout and steelhead is a world-class fishery. When the annual salmon fly hatch begins in late May, it becomes a see-it-to-believe-it experience.

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    Let ’er Buck this Summer

    written by Eileen Garvin on June 1st, 2015

    You don’t have to rope, ride or wrangle to appreciate Oregon’s rodeos. Bucking broncos, wild bulls, barrel racing and calf roping: Think of it as the West’s first extreme sports venue. The big daddy of them all the Pendleton Round-Up …

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  1. What are the best lakes to wakeboard near Bend in June?

    I'd say the most popular place for wakeboarding in Central Oregon is Lake Billy Chinook. It's strikingly beautiful and large. Three rivers come together and are dammed into a fantastic waterway for boating. Another popular spot is Cultus Lake. Both Billy Chinook and Cultus are about the same accessibility from Bend, but they are vastly different in terms of surroundings. Cultus is surrounded b…

    Written on June 3rd, 2016
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