Aloha! Welcome.

The Gorge Outrigger Canoe Race is a 2 day paddling event featuring races, clinics and camping. Paddlers gather from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to celebrate the culture of canoe paddling and years of friendship. Hosted by Waterwalker in the beautiful town of Stevenson, WA. 2017 marked our 20th Anniversary and our goal was to make a memorable event. Join us July 14th 2018!

The Columbia River Gorge.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains – with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon’s mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area.

The wind primarily comes from the West, while the river runs East, creating steep bumps and a unique paddling experience.

Canoe Race.

Paddlers can expect a fun and challenging course on the river. Moving forward, the course is set to be a downwind course. The women will start in Stevenson, finish in Drano. The men will take the canoes from Drano to Bingen.

Our mission is to create an unforgettable event that brings our paddling community together in a beautiful scenic environment while inspiring a competitive race that challenges paddlers to bring their best.


There’s a lot to love at The Gorge

Strong competition
Camp out
Explore The Area
Multiple Divisions

Paddlers expected

2 Days

Of free camping

21 Miles

Of downwind river action

Join us Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, 2018 for the 21st Annual Gorge Outrigger Canoe Race.


  • Friday
  • July 13th, 2018
  • TBA
    Mandatory coaches/paddlers safety meeting at the picnic shelter.

    Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter: Registration.

  • 12pm-4pm: Meet, greet and paddle with Team Kai Wa’a at Camp Site (by the water)
  • Saturday
  • July 14th, 2018
  • 10:00am
    Fairgrounds: Mandatory OC6 Steersmen meeting (Men, Women, Mixed.)

    OC6 Women/Mixed race start: Stevenson waterfront
    OC6 Men will start 1/2 hr. after the final women’s/mixed canoe finishes at Drano Lake

  • 6:00pm
    Awards will be back in Stevenson at the fairgrounds picnic shelter.

  • Sunday
  • July 15th, 2018
  • – Camping Sunday-Wednesday must be coordinated with the Parks And Recreation Department (office onsite)

  • 9am-12pm: Talk Story With Team Puakea at Bobs Beach


1) Full Name of each teammate
2) Email address of each teammate
3) Jersey Size of each teammate
4) Name of your team
5) Credit Card for fee
6) After registration but before July 13th 2018, please have all your waivers signed


PFD’s and Leashes are REQUIRED for all on-the-water events
Skirts are required on all OC6 canoes. PNWORCA rules apply. Safety boats will patrol the courses but crews are responsible for themselves – please be efficient at righting your canoes swiftly!

Important Event Information

Online Registration Only

  • Starting in 2018, there will be no “day of” registration, your teams must be registered via Race Hub – Online Registration. Please register early to guarantee your place.
  • Race packet pickup Friday 5PM-8PM July 13th 2018
  • Pickup: Boat Numbers
  • Pickup: Race Jerseys (Mandatory to be worn by racers during the race)
  • Drop Off: Insurance Wavers
  • If you are sharing a canoe READ THIS: Men’s boat number go on FIRST and UNDER the Women/Mix. Steerspersons confirm that the boat number has been changed at the exchange in Drano. Peel off the Women/Mix number to expose the Men’s number.


  • See course map below. We have a downwind course. Pray for wind. See course map for details.
  • Downwind runs require a shuttle which may seem like more work if you haven’t done it before, but once you see how much more fun it is to go downwind you will realize that the little bit of extra time it takes to do the shuttle will be well worth the effort.
  • Each crew is required to have completed forms, all paddlers must have both The Gorge Race and Paddlesport Risk Management waivers completed.

Camping & Accommodations

  • Fairgrounds at Stevenson, Washington are free with registration. Please be respectful of the park and pick up your opala (rubbish) and keep the showers/bathrooms clean.
  • Competitors are invited to camp and rig at the fairgrounds in Stevenson, just a short walk or paddle from the race site, with everything you may need nearby in terms of restaurants, fuel, groceries, hardware, etc. Camping is included in registration fees for Friday and Saturday only, yet further services are available at to meet your needs.
  • If you arrive earlier then Friday or want to stay Sunday night after the event is over you must pay at the fairgrounds office.


  • Please be prepared for changing weather conditions, a damp night and cloudy morning may very well lead to sunny skies with winds to 25 mph and 3 foot swells!
  • Skirts are required on all OC6 canoes.
  • PNWORCA rules apply.
  • Safety boats will patrol the courses but crews are responsible for themselves – please be efficient at righting your canoes swiftly!
  • Everyone must wear a PFD (life-jacket) while racing on the river.  Inflatables approved.

Contact JD for any information you cannot find here. We look forward to another excellent event and we hope to see you in July!

Gorge Race Map

Women/Mix start


Women/Mix Finish & Men Start


Men Finish


Campsite and Facilities

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