31 May - 2 June 2013
The Corvallis to Portland Row (CPR) takes place annually on the weekend following the Memorial Day weekend; it includes an equipment check and orientation on the Friday just prior to the rowing. Click here to monitor the water depth at Corvallis. If river levels are less than 2 feet or more than 6 feet, an alternative course will be rowed.
Where it begins: the Willamette originates somewhere above Cottage
Grove (south of Eugene), but is shallow and unsuitable for racing shells until
just south of Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University. Since many of
our fellow rowers are in Corvallis, and many of them, and some of us, are
OSU alums, that seemed like the place to start.
Where it ends: although the river is navigable all the way to the confluence of the Columbia, we decided that our own home docks at Oaks Park would be a fitting (and convenient) place to finish.
The distance is 115 miles, including a trip through the Willamette Falls Locks at mile 104. CPR is a 2-day event, with 85 miles rowed on the first day, ending at Champoeg Park with a campfire and an excellent catered dinner (bring your own tent). Then early to rise Sunday morning for the 19-mile row to the Locks, a half-hour to rest while descending 45 feet to the lower Willamette, then a mere 11-mile sprint to the finish. The medals, designed and made by Bill Byrd, are worth rowing the distance.