Portland Rally for Salmon

Come Rally to Un-dam the Snake River and Stop Extinction

  • Where: Willamette Park, 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, Oregon (SW Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street).
  • When: Saturday, June 25, 2022. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT (arrive starting at 9 a.m. if participating in the flotilla).
  • Who: Salmon and orca advocates, Tribal communities, sport and commercial fishing people, conservationists, outdoor recreation businesses, and people of goodwill, including you! 
  • What: Rally for Salmon—A festive land and water event to raise awareness and show support for Snake River dam removal. The flotilla begins around 10:00 am with a paddle from Willamette Park to Ross Island and back—about two-thirds of a mile round trip. Then a big gathering for photos with all the boats and speakers at the water. Followed by regional speakers on the importance of saving salmon from extinction starting around noon. Food trucks, music, engagement, and celebration after that. 
  • Why: To celebrate the gift of wild salmon, generate attention, and demonstrate strong public support for an upcoming decision by Northwest policymakers and the Biden Administration to un-dam the Lower Snake River and replace the dams’ services. 
    Portland Rally for Salmon: Free the Snake River

Interested in renting a kayak or canoe for the Rally for Salmon? 

A limited number of kayaks and canoes are available for rent from the Portland Kayak Company. It's first-come, first-serve! Follow the steps to rent your kayak or canoe:  

  1. Call the Portland Kayak Company at (503) 459-4050 and say you are with the "Rally for Salmon" to reserve a single kayak, double kayak, or 2-person canoe for 3 hours. 
  2. Individuals will make their own payments and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement directly with the Portland Kayak Company.

If you are planning on bringing your own water craft, please make sure you have an up to date Oregon Waterway Access Permit.

Questions? Contact Kate Murphy, 541.399.5666, kate@columbiariverkeeper.org


Salmon, orca, and river advocates, Tribal members, and Northwest businesses are organizing a large water- and land-based rally in Portland. Come celebrate the gift of wild salmon, educate and mobilize the public, generate media attention, and demonstrate strong support for Northwest and national leaders to protect and restore endangered salmon and steelhead populations by removing Lower Snake River dams. 

Sen. Patty Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee, and the Biden Administration committed last fall to develop a comprehensive solution to protect and recover Snake River salmon and invest in the region's communities—and to deliver a plan by July 31, 2022. Snake River dam removal would protect and restore our native fish, uphold promises to Northwest tribes, and invest in our communities and infrastructure. 

This event is free and open to the public. We are inviting the participation of all interested parties, including tribal communities and Indigenous activists; conservation, fishing, and clean energy advocates; businesses (food, outdoor recreation, fishing, and more); public officials; and others. 

Committed partners so far include 350 Eugene, 350 PDX, 350 Tacoma, 350 Wenatchee, 350 Yakima, American Rivers, ARTA River Trips, Backbone Campaign, Columbia Riverkeeper, Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network, Earthjustice, Endangered Species Coalition, Environment Oregon, Environment Washington, Great Old Broads for Wilderness (GOB), GOB Portland, GOB Battle Ground, Human Access Project, Idaho Conservation League, Kitsap Environmental Coalition, Mosquito Fleet, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, NW Guides & Anglers Association, NW Sportfishing Industry Association, NW Steelheaders, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Portland Kayak Company, Portland Raging Grannies, Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters, Wild Orca, Willamette Riverkeeper, and the list is growing! 

For more information and to get involved: contact Kate Murphy at kate@columbiariverkeeper.org.