Free canoe and kayak rentals are available at the annual Columbia Slough Regatta, coming Aug. 6

COURTESY COLUMBIA SLOUGH WATERSHED COUNCIL - More than 500 people can get free use of canoes and kayaks at the annual regatta. The Columbia Slough Watershed Council sponsors its 23rd-annual Columbia Slough Regatta on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don't be fooled by the regatta name. It's not a race, but a leisurely paddle with a chance to watch wildlife. Attendees can rent a canoe or kayak free of charge and explore Portland's hidden waterway with hands-on environmental activities.

The event starts at the Multnomah County Drainage Districts office, at 1880 N.E. Elrod Drive in Portland.

To find out more and register:

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