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Portland History Boat Tour

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Take a Portland History Boat Tour to learn interesting facts about the city, while enjoying great views.

From the WWII shipbuilding and a serious sewage problem, to a floating brothel, this tour covers the most interesting bits of Portland's river history you'll find anywhere in the city.

Your Captain will take you to explore Portland from Sellwood at the south of town, to the trendy Pearl District in scenic northwest Portland.

All tours are conducted on a classic wooden boat (a pacific northwest built 1961 Tollycraft Runabout).

Relax on an informative boat ride through Portland.

Portland History Boat Tour Details

Length: 75 minutes


6:30 pm & 8:00 pm - Monday through Friday

12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday

(Tours operate Early June to Late September)


4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 adults per order. Tour does NOT include hotel pickup. Departure is from the Willamette Park Dock in Portland (details on E-Ticket). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Portland History Boat Tour Description

What to Bring/Wear

  • Camera
  • Beverages (beer and wine are welcome on the boat)
  • Snacks (although there will be a small snack shop on the boat)
  • You are welcome to bring full meals (boxed lunches, cheese plates, etc) as well
  • A windbreaker or warm sweater
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Dramamine, wrist bands, or other seasickness medication
  • Cash (there will be concessions and souvenirs on the boat)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Captain licensed? Is it safe? -- The Captain is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain who takes your safety and enjoyment of the river seriously. He has been sailing the Willamette River since 1998. He is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain, a member of the National Association of Charterboat Operators, licensed as a charter operator with the Oregon State Marine Board, and is a member of the Columbia-Willamette chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. He also maintains First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Red Cross.

How many people can fit on the boat? -- Three adult passengers is very comfortable. Five passengers plus the captain is the maximum capacity of the boat. The Captain may be able to accommodate exchanging passengers at the dock if you have a very large party and need additional seating for the experience. Additional fees may apply depending on the situation, so please inform the Captain ahead of time.

Should I tip the Captain? -- That's entirely up to you! A tip is never required but always appreciated. It is customary in the private tour boat industry to tip the captain 15-20% of the charter fee if they did a good job for you.

Can I bring my pet on the boat? -- Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on-board at this time.

What happens if it rains? -- All cruises are weather dependent. If your time slot is impacted by inclement weather, all efforts will be made to re-schedule.

Special Tips for Kids

Prepare your kids for their boat tour by letting them know about boating safety. They will be required to wear a life jacket for the duration of their time on the boat. Let them know ahead of time so it’s not a surprise.

  • No messy snacks
  • Use the restroom before your tour
  • Talk to your kids before your tour about the things they might see on the water
  • Have them ask the captain questions

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 adults per order. Tour does NOT include hotel pickup. Departure is from the Willamette Park Dock in Portland (details on E-Ticket). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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