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.

  • The Longest Day - Alzheimers Fundraiser June 18

    Posted May 15, 2018

    Dear Golden Dragons

    Once again this year I am hosting a "Longest Day Event" to support the Alzheimer's Association. Since the actual Longest Day June 21 falls on a Thursday this year we will do the event on Monday June 18. I am asking for your support in the fight against this dreadful disease remembering we are ALL at risk. Please check out my website at

    Help Mary Minor fight Alzheimer's on The Longest Day!

    Although the details are not final for that day we will dedicate our paddling to this cause, maybe with a scrimmage or two. There will be treats afterwards to have with your coffee! I am hoping Stephanie Foster, The Development Associate from the Oregon Alzheimer's Association will join us in  paddling. 

    Donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated. You can donate on line through the site above, to me directly or through the mail. Our new address is : 6260 SW Arrow-Wood Lane, Portland 97223. Please make checks to Alzheimer's Association.

    Thank you so much as we carry on this fight! Maybe someday there WILL be a cure.  If you have any questions, please contact me at

    Mary Minor

  • Aug 26 Everybody's Birthday Potluck, Hosted by Helen Nagle

    Posted May 15, 2018

            Everybody's Birthday Potluck, Hosted by Helen Nagle.

    2 pm till 5 pm Sunday August 26

    9840 SW 57th Ave, 97219   T: 503-246-4027

    Please bring a white elephant gift and funny story to go along with it.

    Cake provided, B.Y.O.B.

  • June 2 Early Bird Signup for Winery Ride

    Posted May 10, 2018


    early bird sign up deadline for Bike Oregon Wine Country at Eola Hills Winery 8/19

    $20 savings before June 2 

    Patty and Bob Hermann


  • Tuesday, May 29 Kayak Smith/Bybee 10:15 AM

    Posted May 9, 2018

    May 29  Kayak Smith/Bybee. Arrive by 10:15 so we can be in the water by 10:30.
                Hosted by Rick & Rick.   It will be about 3 hour paddle.

    Take exit 307, North Marine Drive (W)
    Follow out about 5 miles just over the railroad overpass
    Turn left on to frontage road, go past a little park to the end and "put in”.
    Bring the usual things: water, snack, sun screen, rain gear (hope not!) PFD, bird  watching glasses (many) beaver .........etc

    Two double boats are available. Call Rick Q 503-810-7045 or Rick M 503-380-9624 to reserve one!

  • Save the Date! 7/28

    Posted April 2, 2018

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

  • 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.