The Rally for Salmon at Willamette Park in Portland, OR on June 25th will feature our biggest gathering and on-the-water event in several years! Tribal activists and salmon, steelhead, orca and clean energy advocates will gather with canoes, kayaks, sportfishing boats, whitewater rafts will gather on the river - and on the land - to demonstrate our support for salmon, orca, tribal rights, and a healthy Snake River. People are coming from across the Northwest - representing diverse communities, constituencies, and perspectives. This event is free to attend and all are welcome - you can rally on the water in the morning if you'd like, but it's not required!
Rally for Salmon Schedule:
9:00am – Boats begin filing into water
10:00am – Watercraft begin journey to Willamette Park to Ross Island & back
11:30am – Watercraft return
12:00pm – Speakers Program, with blessing song by 'Four Directions'
1:00pm – Information booths, music, food, celebration, and call-to-action.
3:00pm – Celebration concludes
Our Speakers Program will begin at 12:00 noon - with a blessing song from ‘Four Directions’ tribal drum group. Confirmed speakers include:
Folks bringing their own crafts need to have an updated Oregon Waterways Access Permit!
Interested in renting a kayak or canoe for the Rally for Salmon - Free The Snake River? There will only be 42 kayaks and canoes available to rent with the Portland Kayak Company so it's first-come, first-serve!
Follow the steps to rent your kayak or canoe:
Interested in volunteering for this event? Fill out our Volunteer Form and we'll be in touch!
BACKGROUND & URGENCY: This is the "Summer of Decision" for the Snake River and its imperiled wild salmon and steelhead. July 31st is the deadline for the Murray/Inslee Initiative and the confidential talks now underway between the Biden Administration and the Nez Perce Tribe, State of Oregon, and conservation/fishing plaintiffs.
Our Rally for Salmon is a critically important opportunity to demonstrate strong public support - and demand - for bold, urgent action by our public officials as they decide on the future of the lower Snake River dams - and the fate of struggling wild salmon and steelhead populations.