Ridgefield First Saturday Paddle Tours

Every 1st Saturday of the month the town of Ridgefield, Washington has a celebration!

Come enjoy the family-friendly activities and a sense of community at downtown Ridgefield's First Saturdays! Participate in theme-related events and activities that include local artists displaying their work, sidewalk chalk drawing contests, athletic events, and other pop-up activities . You'll also find the Farmer's Market, sidewalk sales, outdoor concerts, local eateries and food vendors to enhance the festive atmosphere.

As part of the fun we will be offering discounted kayak and stand up paddle board tours that will focus on something new each month.  Come spot Bald Eagles in Feb, or Tundra Swans in March.  Come celebrate Earth Day with a paddle tour and wildlife tour.  We have something different each month!

Paddle through the winding waterways of the Columbia River Water Trail looking for inhabitants of the National Wildlife Refuge! We will focus on easy paddling areas with the best chances to see beavers, muskrats, deer, ducks, eagles, cormorants, tundra swans, herons, and soo much more!  A variety of birds and wildlife are generally seen as we slip around the puzzle pieces of land and explore paths once traveled by native american tribes and the  Lewis and Clark Expedition.  This 2 hour flat water tour is a terrific way to experience the beauty of the river even if you haven't paddled much before.  For more paddling instruction and focus on skill building be sure to also check out our "Learn to Kayak Tour" too!


First Saturday Tour Themes:

February: Bald Eagle Tour and Tailgate Party

March: Tundra Swans Paddle and Youth Arts

April:  Earth Day Paddle and Detective Mystery

May: Blue Heron Paddle and May Day

June: The BIG Paddle (for more info on The BIG Paddle please visit this site)

July: Lewis & Clark Tour and Red/White/Blue Historical

August: Blackbirds & Berries and Picnic in the Park

September: Hawk Watch Paddle and Multicultural

October: Birdfest and Bluegrass (for more info on Birdfest and Bluegrass visit this site)

November: Sandhill Cranes Tour and Wine & Chocolate

  • View wildlife in their natural environment from the seat of your own kayak!
  • Learn to find your way around the river and the basic "rules of the road"
  • Learn some fun historical and ecological facts about the area as you paddle.
  • Get some excercise while having FUN!
  • Scenic Tour of the waters surrounding the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

* While wildlife sightings are likely, we can only do our best to lead you to some of our favorite places to spot each species.  It is likely but not guarenteed that we will see wildlife.


  • Journey up to 3 nautical miles as conditions permit

  • Wildlife viewing

  • Guided Tour

1st Saturday tours meet at our boathouse at 5 Mill St Ridgefield WA 98642  

Tours run 9 am to 11 am


Tours meet at at our boathouse:  5 Mill st Ridgefield, Washington 98642

Directions: Take exit 14 off I-5, go west for 3 miles on Pioneer St/hwy 501 into Ridgefield. Turn right onto Main Ave then left on Mill Street towards the Port of Ridgefield.

Parking: If you can park against the chain link fence, outside of marina parking, you should. There is no fee to park along the fence.

PLEASE do not park in McCuddy's private marina parking.  If you are having trouble finding a space, please check with us inside the shop and we can direct you to overflow parking.  OR  you can simply pay the parking fee to use the paved lot.  The pay machine is by the restrooms.

Things to Bring

  • - Rain Jacket
  • - Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • - Please wear Synthetic top and bottom layers (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather) - NO COTTON OR DENIM
  • - Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit for warmer days
  • - Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • - Water bottle and small snack (like a power bar...)
  • - Towel and change of clothes for ride home
  • - Hat
  • - Sunscreen
  • - River shoes or booties