Ridgefield First Saturday Paddle Tours 


First Saturday Tour Themes:

February:Tailgate Party & Chili Cook Off

March: Arts Quarter Block Party

April:  Earth Day Rally

May: May Day Spring Festival

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

July: Homecoming & Spudder Fest

August: "Play" in the Park: Find Adventures in your own Backyard

September: Multicultural Festival

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

November: Roaring 20's with Wine

December: Hometown Celebration

See event details: Ridgefield First Saturday Events


  • 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.

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!   

No previous experience required!

Ridgefield Kayak Rentals LLC - 5 Mill St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA
  • 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.

We will return to the same location we launched from in Ridgefield, WA.

  • - 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

-PFD's, Life Jacket
-Our great guides!

Gratuity:  It's NEVER expected but always appreciated.  If you feel your coaches / guides have done an exceptional job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving a tip. The amount is totally up to you. Many people believe that anyone in a service type of job (like restaurant and hotel employees, hair dressers and dog groomers, etc.) should get between 10-20% of the total cost of the service. That is not to say that’s what we suggest, but that’s what most people tip when they do tip. So, for instance, if your trip was $200.00, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20-$40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated!


The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minimum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program. A full refund will be provided in the event of a cancelled or re-scheduled activity upon request. Please allow 48 hour notice for any cancellations or changes in your reservation. Give us a call at 503-285-0464. Cancellations within 48 hours of the program are NOT refundable.  To re-schedule a class you have cancelled within the restricted 48 hour period we will gladly credit you 50% towards the rescheduled class.  Thank you for signing up!  Please let us know if you have questions about this or any other policy here at Alder Creek.