Everyone participating in the Paddle Challenge will receive an email the first week of June with specific details and directions. But if you’re curious now, read on!

Everyone participating 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 is usually in the 50s. We’ll be wearing swimwear, quick-drying shirts and shorts, and river-appropriate shoes. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen!

Is there anything else I should bring?

Suncreen, water bottle, sunglasses, and a hat. If you have them, we also recommend a carabiners, a small dry bag, and/or a waterproof case for belongings.

What gear is LEAP providing?

We’ll provide inflatable kayaks, paddles, helmets, and personal flotation devices (also known as PFDs or life jackets).

How far am I paddling?

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

What’s the water like?

Your guide will lead you through a number of class II rapids and one class III rapid! The Sandy River will likely be running at about 1,000 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. The water temperature is typically in the 50s.

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 about four people. 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.

I hear there's a super cool prize for the top fundraising team. What is it?

The top fundraising team for the 2019 Sandy River Paddle Challenge will receive a $100 in Rogue Hopoes to be redeemed at any Rogue pub!

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.

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

  1. Follow the link to your team's donation page and you will see a button underneath the fundraising amounts that reads “I want to fundraise for this”. Click it!

  2. You’ll be redirected to a page where you need to enter some information.

    • Your name - please enter your full name
    • Email - whichever email you prefer
    • Password - this is a password for your Peer to Peer fundraising page. Please remember it!
  3. Then you’ll have to enter some info specific to your personal Peer to Peer fundraising page.

    • Photo upload - Upload a photo of yourself! It will show up right above a line that says “A Fundraiser by [Your Name]”
    • Add a note - This will display on your donation page to tell people why you want to raise money for LEAP. You have total freedom over what you tell your friends and family, but here’s an example to get you started:
      • "I am paddling 6.25 miles of the Sandy River on June 8th to help raise money for LEAP Wilderness Programs! Join me in supporting LEAP’s mission to create empowering experiences for those facing adversity and trauma by providing wilderness programs."
    • Fundraising goal - It’s up to you how much you want to raise! We and GiveLively suggest $500, but you can change this. Your network’s donations will add up in a progress bar toward this goal.
  4. You’re all set! You can edit your page by visiting it and clicking “edit this fundraiser” or clicking “log in to your fundraising page”, depending on whether you’re logged in to Give Lively.

  5. Now just share your P2P page on your social media feeds, with your friends, family, and coworkers! There are buttons on your fundraising page to make this easy. Email if you have any questions.

Still have questions? Email or call (503) 893-5327.

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