Enjoy the Scenic Views
of the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers with Scenic Jet Boat Tours. We take you along paths that most people don't get the chance to see. We want you to enjoy yourself and the time you spend with us...
The Unique Willamette River
The Willamette is one of the few rivers that flow north rather than south in the U.S. Enjoy wildlife that includes black tail deer, beaver, and the glorious bald eagle. View flora and fauna and breathtaking scenery of both the Cascades and Oregon Coast Range.
The Willamette River is a tributary of the Columbia River. The name of the river derived from the French pronunciation of the name of a Clackamas Indian village. The river is 187 miles long, lying entirely in northwestern Oregon in the United States.
Willamette River History
Its lush valleys are fed by prolific rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, forming one of the most fertile agricultural regions of North America that was the destination for many if not most of the immigrants along the Oregon Trail. Part of the river's floodplain (the Willamette Floodplain) was established as a National Natural Landmark in 1987; ten years later the river was named as one of ten national American Heritage Rivers.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition missed the mouth of the Willamette River both on their descent of the Columbia and on their return trip upriver. It was only after receiving directions from natives along the Sandy River that they learned about the Willamette. William Clark returned down the Columbia and entered the Willamette River in April 1806