Drop-off point: Willamette Park
Considering that the mighty Willamette flows north (a rarity), the quality of your float improves significantly the farther south you go. Why you’d be in Corvallis for any reason other than crushing tallboy cans with frat boys is unknown to us, but this float is a nice amenity to have access to when your recreational options are otherwise limited to accosting strangers who’ve been caught wearing green and yellow in public. On the bright side, if you fall asleep on your float, you’ll eventually end up in Portland, so that’s a win, right?
Drop-off point: Pitt bridge on the Klickitat Trail
As if the drive out here along the Columbia River wasn’t enough, the two-hour drive to the trailhead of this winding offshoot of the Columbia will leave you breathless within minutes. This ain’t no chilled-out river ramble -- the water rushes through and hooks around a canyon at various points in the float -- but the views of the stretch of Washington that eventually give way to the Columbia River Gorge are totally worth it. In other words, resist the urge to go nuts at Pfriem and Double Mountain in nearby Hood River, or at least pack a growler for a proper post-float celebration.