Everyone participating in the Paddle Challenge must read the Sandy River Paddle Guide. The guide will likely answer many of your questions about the river itself, but if you have more questions about the Paddle Challenge, read our FAQ.

+ Where do I show up?

Dodge Park on the Sandy River. 11021 SE Lusted Rd., Sandy, OR 97055. See here for directions from Portland.

+ What time do I show up?

Please arrive by 9:00 am so that we have plenty of time for breakfast and instructions before we begin our paddle.

+ How far of a drive is Dodge Park from Portland?

From Pioneer Square to Dodge Park is about a 45 minute drive on a Saturday morning.

+ Where can I park my car?

There are three parking areas within the Dodge Park campground.

+ What should I wear?

The average high temperature in Sandy, OR in June is 70 degrees, however, the water in the Sandy River comes from snow-melt. So be prepared to be a bit chilly. We’ll be wearing swimsuits, swim shorts, quick-drying t-shirts, or potentially hydroskins/wetsuits if we own them. Wear a hat and sunglasses and bring sunscreen!

+ What gear is LEAP providing?

We’ll provide inflatable kayaks, paddles, helmets, and life jackets (also known as a PFD, personal flotation device).

+ How far am I paddling?

This stretch is about 6.25 miles and should take around 4 hours.

+ What’s the water like?

The Sandy River will likely be running at about 1,800 CFS (cubic feet per second). If you imagine about 1,800 basketballs flowing through any given spot on the river every second, that’s pretty much how much water is flowing down the Sandy. Your guide will lead you through a number of class II rapids and one class III rapid!

+ Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes! That waiver will be sent to all participants.

+ How many people can join my team?

You may form teams of up to four. For some teams, one team member may also be your guide down the river, for others, a member of the LEAP team will be your guide.

+ How do I set up a peer to peer donation page?

Instructions will be sent directly to participants to make sure your team gets credit for your fundraising efforts!

+ I didn’t get to sign up this year! Can I join next year?

The Paddle Challenge will happen again next year and we would love if you can join! Sign ups will happen in the spring of 2020 and we hope to expand the number of people who can participate.

+ I didn't get to sign up this year! Can I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer, please email

+ Will LEAP feed me on the day of the Paddle Challenge?

We will provide breakfast and lunch! Please e-mail if you have dietary restrictions.

+ How will I get back to my car at the end of the Paddle Challenge?

We will run shuttles from Oxbow Park (our take-out) to Dodge Park (our put-in) at the end of the Paddle Challenge.

+ Is this a race?

Nope! We’re all here to have fun and enjoy the river together. The “challenge” is the paddle, itself; it is not a competition.