Along the Waterfront

Steel Bridge Lifts for ship during Navy Week
Pleasure boats, kayaks, tour vessels, freighters, and Navy ships all ply the Willamette. They are part of the ebb and flow of the Portland Waterfront.

Portland’s Waterfront

The city is bisected by the Willamette River (pronounced will-am-it) and connected by nine bridges.

From Pioneer Courthouse Square to the Willamette River and waterfront is only about 6 blocks, an easy walk. Or you can grab any number of buses (the #15, #20 or #77) that take you near the water’s edge.

What’s on the Waterfront?

Tom McCall Park — stretches for a mile or so on the west side.

The esplanade walkway covers a similar area on the east side.

On the west side, you’ll find:

  • The Spirit of Portland Willamette River Tour
  • Maritime Museum
  • Small boat harbor
  • The Saturday Market (on weekends)
  • War memorial
Oregon Maritime Museum
Oregon Maritime Museum

On the east side:

  • Railway Heritage Museum
  • Jetboat Tour
  • U.S. Blueback submarine tour
  • OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).