animation of a person kayaking

Water of Oregon

Come play on Oregon's clear, wild waterways.

Oregon is a true water-lovers’ paradise. Some of us like to swim, paddle or fish in Oregon’s lakes and rivers; some of us prefer to lounge in an Adirondack and gaze at the ocean for hours on end. (We don’t judge.) Our water is our life source. When it comes to rivers (more than 70 of which are designated as Wild and Scenic), these waterways offer more than just soul-soothing views and sought-after campsites. Flowing through cities, canyons and forests, Oregon’s rivers provide key habitats for salmon, steelhead, trout, bald eagles, osprey, beavers and many other fish and wildlife.

Yes, we have lakes too — more than 1,400 named lakes including our deepest and bluest, Crater Lake, which is also our favorite (and only) national park. When it comes to Clear Lakes, we have those in spades — at least 10 Oregon lakes share this name, so be sure to know which you’re headed to. And that big body of water bordering our 363-mile coastline? Thanks to Oregon’s Beach Bill, we all get to access the mighty Pacific and its shores. Year-round, surfers, boaters, fishers and some brave swimmers call the ocean their playground, and we all get to be awed by its ever-present force.



Snow covered Crater Lake

Winter Fun at Crater Lake and Beyond

From family-friendly tubing hills and beginner-friendly snowshoe hikes to strenuous treks along the shores of Crater Lake, here’s where to find your winter adventure.

Read more

Storm surf at Shore Acres State Park

Tips for Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

Come for the storm watching — crashing waves, looming clouds and rain-washed beaches — and stay for beachcombing and fort building in the sunbreaks that follow.

Read more

A bowl of ramen at Afuri in Portland

Afuri Extends Portland’s Ramen Empire

Japan-based restaurant opens newest Rose City location.

Read more

Gracie Mills teaches Lanessa and her daughter, Olivia, to fly fish.

Fly-Fishing With Women, For Women

Grand views and friendship are the catch of the day in Southern Oregon.

Read more

SUP in the City

Looking for a calm waterway not far from the urban center? Oregon’s got you covered.

Read more

Silver Falls State Park

Winter Waterfalls

When temperatures dip below freezing, there’s the added bonus of seeing a waterfall transformed into a remarkably photogenic and sometimes icy winter wonderland.

Read more

Kites on the Oregon Coast

Insiders’ Guide to Kite Flying on the Oregon Coast

Salty breezes and miles of sand invite visitors to an uplifting adventure.

Read more