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.

  • Breakfast moved to Wednesday, March 7

    Posted February 21, 2018

    Little River Cafe is postponing our annual breakfast to Wednesday March 7 to avoid winter storm conditions and enable our friends on the ski trip to join us. This is a fundraiser to help our favorite cafe through the slow winter months. Unfortunately, winter also made scheduling a challenge this year. Please join if you can. 

  • GD Breakfast 3/7/18

    Posted February 21, 2018

    Join your fellow paddlers for breakfast at the Little River Cafe!
    Wednesday March 7 after Practice

    Email your order choice to then bring your money to Dawn at practice by Monday, March 5
    $13 pp includes your choice of one of the following, coffee and tip.

    John Wayne Casserole
    which is the traditional egg & cheese casserole offered for this event: beside eggs & cheese there are green chiles and tomatoes. Served with a corn muffin and salsa.
    Potato Hash & Grilled Veggies
    Our seasoned potatoes with our veggie mix: broccoli, zucchini, red pepper & yellow onion, served with toasts
    Cinnamon Quinoa
    drizzled with cinnamon & honey, topped with walnuts and served with warm milk.
    topped with cinnamon, apple & raisin and served with warm milk.

  • Amazon Women's Scrimmage

    Posted February 21, 2018
    The Amazon Dragons have invited all Golden Dragon women to race Sunday April 15, 2018 morning from 8:00 AM to noon at the Amazon Scrimmage. Six teams are invited to race 250 meter heats with 18 paddlers per boat.
    This is a fun event and a great opportunity to meet and paddle with other women teams. All you need to do is tell Dawn Lewis ( you want to race and then show up Sunday morning April 15th at 8:00 AM at the flag pole circle.Water and light snacks will be provided.
  • PalomaShopping Night- RSVP by March 9th

    Posted February 8, 2018

    The shopping night will be held Thursday, March 15th from 6-8pm. The event is open to paddlers and their pals.  Paloma will be providing:

    ·         Drawings for prizes

    ·         Wine and appetizers

    ·         20% off coupon to use on one item

    ·         Consultants to help you pick out your spring outfits

    Please RSVP to Laura Ziegler by March 9th, and also let her know if you are bringing anyone.

    Mike Roach and Kim Osgood, co-owners of Paloma Clothing are donating a full membership (125.00) to the Golden Dragons to support our team.

    Last year’s event was super fun so don’t miss it!

  • 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


  • South West Trails Hike 2/27

    Posted January 30, 2018
    South West Trails Hike 2/27
    Hello! Patty Herman and Cynthia Schubert are leading some hikes this year. The first one is on Tuesday, February 27.

    Golden Dragons
    South West Trails Hike
    Date: Tuesday, February 27
    TIme: 9:30 am - 11:30 am, rain or shine
    Meet at: 
    5045 SW Santa Monica Ct.
    Portland 97221
    Look for red mailbox. GPS sometimes puts you in the back of the lot on Shattuck. 
    Bring: water and snacks
    Wear: dress for weather, wear shoes that can get muddy
    Description of Hike:
    We will start at Cynthia Schubert house (rest room and free parking!). We will walk on parts of SW Trails #1  and #7, through hilly neighborhoods, Albert Kelly Park, past the historic Dosch estate, through trails that wind down into wooded gullies and up a series of stairs to Fairmont, then loop around back to Santa Monica Ct. Should be over 10,000 steps with plenty of uphills to get our hearts beating. Terrain includes asphalt, gravel, wet grass, and dirt trails.
    If you would like to join us email Cynthia Schubert with your PHONE NUMBER.

  • Feb/Mar 2018 Ski Trip

    Posted November 3, 2017
    Feb/Mar 2018 Ski Trip

    2018 Annual GD Ski Trip

    Tues, Feb 27 - Thur, Mar 3

    at Cascade Ski Club lodge in Government Camp on Mt Hood.

    Click PDF link above.

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.