Kayaking and Canoeing

With five estuaries, four bays, nine rivers and assorted lakes and sloughs, Tillamook County is a magical wonderland of water and Garibaldi is at the heart of it all.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced paddler, you will find a wealth of opportunities to kayak or canoe through miles of beautiful and serene vistas that can only be accessed by boat. And as you do, you can observe a rich ecosystem of birds and wildlife in their natural habitat.

Tillamook Bay, itself, along with the five rivers that feed it and the lakes that surround it are all at your feet in Garibaldi. And Garibaldi is the headquarters of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), which studies and supports the county’s watershed resources. The TEP has published a series of guidebooks to help you find and enjoy the county’s water resources.

You can download these books from their website: tbnep.org. Or you can visit the TEP office in the Garibaldi marina and pick up a copy or ask questions in person. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can call (503) 322-2222 for information. The guidebooks are also available at chambers of commerce and libraries around Tillamook County.

There are kayak and canoe rental facilities throughout Tillamook County and Kayak Tillamook County is a local business that will book a variety of guided kayak adventures. Go to Kayak Tillamook.