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.

  • Lake Oswego Hike April 3

    Posted March 16, 2018

    Description:Tuesday April 3rd, a 5.3 mile walk/hike in the Lake Oswego area led by Patty Hermann, meet at George Rogers Park @9:30 a.m.

  • Amazon Women's Scrimmage April 15

    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.
  • 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.