Golden Dragons PDX Dragon Boat Paddling Club

We paddle every MWF (unless Announced on right)

Golden Dragons PDX Dragon Boat Paddling Club

The Golden Dragons PDX Dragon Boat Paddling Club is men and women, at least 50 years old, who paddle dragon boats for fun, fitness and friendship year-round on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The club was founded in 1996 and currently has more than 150 members. We have Open Practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday year-round, despite rain, heat or holidays (except during unsafe conditions posted in Announcements to the right). Hover over the Open Practices calendar on the right for practice details, and check the Where We Practice map below it.

All, at least 14 years old (minors accompanied by guardians), are welcome to join us to try our Open Practice. Click "How to Paddle with us" to the left for more details.

We also have lots of social get-togethers (click "Social Calendar" to the left). This is an awesome way to make new friends and enjoy yourself! Come down to the river and join us.

Golden Dragons only pick up speed when they get over the hill.

  • Practices Cleared to Resume - Beginning Monday Evening, April 15

    Posted April 15, 2019

    Dragon Sports have cleared paddlers using the Six Sixteen boats to paddle beginning this evening, April 15, when the current is expected to dip below the maximum allowed speed of 3.0 fps. Also, most of the large debris has flushed through the local area. However, the current remains strong.

    The following restrictions are in effect:

    • boats should have a minimum of 16 paddlers
    • tillers should be experienced (i.e., have approximately two years of regular experience, including at least one race)

    By Wednesday morning, the current is expected to be in the 2.25 to 2.5 fps range. During the next week, It is projected to continue to ease. As conditions improve, we will modify the restrictions as appropriate.

    Note that for those of you training in the Rose Festival boats, Tom Crowder will continue to designate safety procedures.

    Tim Ackley, Vice Commodore

Open Practices
Where We Practice
  • N Dock, Riverplace Marina (NDRM)
    Click "Website" to see a map. Website

Contact Info

If you can't find the information you want, please email the Membership Director or someone else on the Officers page.