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.

  • Salmon Creek Greenway Hike

    Posted April 12, 2018
    Salmon Creek Greenway Hike


    Golden Dragon Hike




    Salmon Creek Greenway, Vancouver, WA




    Tuesday, May 15




    10:00 am - 12:00 noon




    6+ miles




    This out and back, with a .5 mile long Cougar Creek Trail spur, is a flat, paved trail in West Vancouver that winds along the banks of Salmon Creek. The 850 acres of the greenway include forest, creeks, meadows and ponds.  Along the path are wildlife interpretive areas, duck nesting boxes and restored habitat. Birders should bring binoculars.


    Source: Walk There! 50 Treks in and around Portland and Vancouver edited by Laura O. Foster








    From Portland:


    North on the I5


    Exit at NE 99th St, Vancouver, turn left


    Right on NE Hazel Dell


    Right on 117th


    Left into Salmon Creek Greenway Trail




    Park by the restrooms near the ball fields on the left.




    Want to join us? 




    Contact Cynthia with your phone number.








  • Save the Date! 7/28

    Posted April 2, 2018

    Summer Party
    Saturday, July 28 3:00 pm
    Details later!

  • Japanese Garden April 8

    Posted April 2, 2018

    By popular demand!
    Private Tour of the Japanese Garden
    with tour guide Laura Zeigler
    Tuesday May 8 at 10 am.
    Admission is Adult: $14.95
    Senior (65+): $12.95

    RSVP to
    We will meet in front of the Tea Cafe.

    And for those who would like, lunch at Elephants on NW 22nd following the tour.

  • Kayak Trip on the Lower John Day River July 23 to 25, 2018

    Posted February 4, 2018



    Kayak Trip on the Lower John Day River July 23 25, 2018
    We had so much fun last year we decided to repeat the adventure!

    This is a two night kayak trip for intermediate paddlers. We will paddle approximately 3 miles from LaPage Park to Albert Philippi Park where we will spend the night camping. The next day we will paddle approximately 10 miles round trip to the Narrows and back to the park where we will camp a second night. This next morning we will paddle the 3 miles back to our cars at LaPage Park.

    Paddlers should feel confident in their ability to paddle these distances in a fully loaded boat. You will be responsible for your own safety. It is possible to encounter strong winds and wind waves. Should it become necessary paddlers should have the ability to help with assisted rescue as well as be able to self rescue.

    You will need your own (or rented) boat capable of carrying all your camping gear and a way to get it to the put in. You will need your own camping gear, food, stove, spray skirt, life jacket, paddle and personal necessities. Showers and flush toilets are available at the park.

    If there is enough interest we will have a pre-trip meeting. If interested contact Ron Waterman at


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.