Activities

Outdoor Activities
Recreation services offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities for all ages. Learn more about our programs below.

Canoeing
The Willamette Valley, reaching into the Cascades and stretching to the Oregon Coast, offers incredible opportunities for those wanting to canoe. Aware of this vital resource, the Outdoor Program has offered excellent Canoe instruction and outings since it opened as a program in the 1970's. Join us for a relaxing family canoe evening, learn basic canoeing skills, or increase your skills by doing an overnight trip. We canoe on calm Cascade lakes or journey down swift water rivers.

For a current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.

Kayaking
Join us for exciting indoor and outdoor programs. In the summer we offer a full scale version of week-long kayak camps. Our selection of 20 boats ranges from beginning sit on tops to highly responsive play boats.

Winter will never be the same when you spend time in the warm waters of Echo Hollow Pool or on the river with the guidance of our staff.To prepare for these classes, please see the document Winter Kayaking-What to Wear (link to uploaded document).

For a current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.

Rafting
It is easy to determine why our most popular river sport is white water rafting. Combine excellent instruction & leadership, a beautiful river, and an eager excited group and you have a very special day. We primarily raft the Willamette, McKenzie, Deschutes, and John Day rivers. These rivers give us a mix of options that range from afternoon floats to isolated scenic wonderment with the fun rapids keeping us wet when needed.

Our primary object in introducing people to river rafting is to teach them all the skills necessary to eventually do it on their own. This includes critical awareness of river safety, environmental ethics of river travel, wildlife habitat, and of course - how to paddle and row.

For a current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.

Rock Climbing
The nature of climbing fits so well with our mission and goals. Excellent climbers are acknowledged not just on their physical ability but on their skills of communication, developing trust, problem solving, goal setting and supporting their climbing partners. Rock Climbing is also a fantastic way to maintain or improve your health and fitness.

Programs include
  • Community Climb Time at ATA- In partnership with Eugene School District 4J and the City of Eugene, we want to invite you to Community Climb Time. Climb sessions include rock climbing gear as well instruction by City of Eugene rock climbing staff. Community Climb sessions are open to youth, families and community members; they are an opportunity to learn new skills and create a lifetime of fitness.
  • After-school Rock Climbing at 4J middle schools
  • Community Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing
For a current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.

Sailing
Sailing classes start each spring and run through early October.

Programs include
  • Family Sailing Trips
  • Sailing Levels I & II
  • American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat Certification available
  • Private lessons on our boats or yours
  • Sailing practice nights
For current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online. For more information contact Roger Bailey at 541-682-6323.

Skateboarding
Track down our skate instructors if you are interested in learning or improving your skills skateboarding in local skate parks. Currently we offer classes or camps in the spring, summer and fall.

Summer is camp time in our local skate parks. This year we have five week-long day camps; 2 beginning, 1 all-girls and 2 SKate Oregon which is intermediate and advanced skaters. We look forward to another fun filled summer!

Classes and Lessons
Track down our skate instructors if you are interested in learning or improving your skills skateboarding in local skate parks. Currently we offer classes or camps in the spring, summer and fall.

Private lessons are always available. This option is great if you want more one on one instruction or if you want to put together a small group.

For current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online, For more information contact Zane Wheeler at 541-682-6321.

Skiing & Snowshoeing
Touring on local trails, Telemark skiing on the slopes, ski skating for fitness, skiing in Yellowstone, backcountry and snow camping trips. Wow! We have classes and trips to help make lasting memories.

Our classes are designed to help you attain a solid foundation so you can set off on your next ski adventure with confidence.

Our trips are led by instructors skilled in wilderness travel, safety and instruction who are ready to share their passion for adventure with you.

Highlights
  • Snow camping outings to Crater Lake and the Old McKenzie Pass.
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America member ski school which insures quality instruction.
  • Telemark and touring classes for beginning through intermediate skiers.
  • Telemark Festival 2008 January 12 at Hoodoo.
  • Downhill ski program for skiers with disabilities (click the Alpine Adventures link to the right).
  • Skiing or snowshoeing in Yellowstone - our annual favorite.

Classes start in December and run through early March. Check out this outing checklist to make your adventure more enjoyable.

For current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.
For more information contact the River House or email Roger Bailey.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Join the fastest growing paddle sport! You can do it on a lake, river or the ocean. It’s easy to learn and great for fitness. We offer classes for you, your family and even your dog can come along.

For current listing of offerings browse our Rec Guide or register online.
For more information contact the River House or email Aimee Goglia.

Summer Camps
For a full listing of programs browse our Rec Guide or register online. Choose Camps to see what we offer.

All camps require the Summer Camp Health Form. Please download the form, fill it out completely and bring it with you to camp. Click here for scholarship information.

Contact the Outdoor Program 541-682-5329 or Melinda Vega if you need further information.

Tree Climbing
Enjoy a unique experience while you take yourself to new heights. Picture yourself one summer evening tree climbing in one your local parks. As part of Urban Outdoor Adventures, providing nature experiences close to home.

All climbing gear, instruction and safety equipment provided. Please wear close-toed shoes and clothing that can get dirty. For more information contact Aimee Goglia, 541-682-6358.

The River House Outdoor Program operates under a special use permit with the Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.