Oregon Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Oregon Safaris & wildlife activities

Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

1. Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

Experience a tandem kayak lake tour and enjoy the best mountainous views in Central Oregon. Meet your local guide in the heart of Bend, Oregon. Along with the rest of your group, make your way out of town and up into the Cascade mountain lakes where your kayaking adventure begins. Receive a lesson on kayaking safety measures before climbing into your tandem sit-on-top kayak.  Navigate your way through little-known caves, bays, and wetlands with the help of your naturalist guide. Keep a look out for the otters, mink, osprey and eagles that inhabit this area, and bring a camera for the best mountain views in Central Oregon. After around 2 hours of paddling and admiring your surroundings, you'll have time for a quick dip in the lakes to cool off. Prior to leaving, take in the views of mountains Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Paulina Peak. You’ll then head back to your kayaking starting point and be driven back to Bend.

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

2. Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

Discover the landmarks for which the Northwest is famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Depending on what type of passenger you are on this sightseeing tour, the sights themselves aren't necessarily the main attraction. Sure, the Bigfoot Explorer buzzes you past the Gorge's greatest hits, like Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock, but the objective isn't just to admire the landscape. It's to hunt for the elusive man-ape along a corridor that's historically been rife with sightings. This fun and informative, fully-narrated cruise will have you at the edge of your seat as you learn about Portland, the Columbia Gorge, and most importantly, Bigfoot.

Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

3. Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

Take in the stunning views of the Cascades Lakes while sampling some of Oregon’s most celebrated artisanal beverages. After getting all geared up, you’ll head off towards the lake with your naturalist guide and get to paddling through the pristine mountain waters. Gaze out across the crystal-clear lake, situated on the foot of snow-capped peaks. All the while, taste delicious local craft beers while learning about their production. Your guide will highlight the hidden spots on these beautiful lakes that might not initially meet the eye. You will spend over 2 hours on the water exploring areas accessible exclusively by boat, including fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient volcanic activity and erosion. You can even pop into the lake for a dip if you get too toasty. After your excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the meeting point in Bend, having soaked up some of Oregon’s foremost natural beauty.

Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

4. Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

Venture into the wilderness areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Experience the magic of the snow-laden trees, inspect animal tracks, and bask in the quiet of the winter forest. Enjoy a great opportunity for snow play suitable for a wide range of ages and ability levels. Snowshoe tours are customized for all adventure desires— stroll easily on flatter areas, or leap off powder-covered lava flows and get “air” like you never imagined. Let your guide do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks as all tours include instruction. Remember to wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.

Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

5. Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

Explore the Chetco River mouth and the Pacific Ocean on a kayak tour in Brookings. Feel the difference between calm river water and the waves of the ocean as you paddle in a single or tandem kayak. Keep a lookout for the teeming wildlife, including seals, pelicans, and many fish species. Leisurely paddle your way to the ocean from the pleasant estuary waters of the Chetco River — one of the cleanest rivers in the country. The boat basin in the Chetco River estuary offers the perfect water introduction. Travel through calm waters near fishing and leisure boat docks before entering the Pacific Ocean. Once there, see large kelp forests, rocky coastal habitats, and the prominent Chetco Point, a striking oceanside park. Observe the varied wildlife in the area from the headland that protects the ocean waters from the swells and wind of the open ocean. Keep a lookout for gray whales and harbor seals, which are fairly common sightings on this kayak experience.

Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

6. Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

Explore Orford Heads from the water on a guided kayaking tour. Paddle off into the Pacific Ocean with your guide and kayak to striking caves, arches, and hidden beaches. Keep an eye out for many different types of marine and coastal life, including whales and eagles. Start your morning with a visit to the office to get your wetsuit and gear for your tour. After a safety talk on the beach, follow your guide as you paddle into the Pacific Ocean and over to the majestic Orford Heads. Along your paddle, stay alert for many different types of intertidal critters, sea birds, marine mammals, and interesting geological formations. See small and big sea caves and a rock arch, as well as the historical site of the old Coast Guard Rescue Station Orford Heads. Learn first-hand from your local guide about the area and the animals that inhabit it. Ask questions, get close to the sea stars, touch a jelly fish, and maybe taste a couple of different kinds of kelp.

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What people are saying about Oregon

The lake was beautiful and the brews were perfectly suited to the vibes of the day. We had never piloted a canoe before, but under Josh's tutelage we were immediately tearing up Elk Lake.

I very much enjoyed the boat ride, but wasn't crazy about the bigfoot talk. I would rather have heard more about the geology or history of the area or just enjoyed the ride in silence.

Weather did not permit us going to the lake, so we did a kayak trip on the river and it was spectacular. The guide was excellent and the entire trip was well organized.

Jose was an informative and fun guide. Reviewed how to kayak, how to remain safe in the water and had a surprise for us half way thru the paddle. We highly recommend!

We had such a lovely time - the combo of the beautiful scenery and fun of BigFoot made for a memorable morning during our trip to Portland!