And now a word from our sponsors
Many thanks to THE BIG FLOAT sponsors for helping make it easier to get into the river.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand RondeGrand Ronde is more than just Spirit Mountain Casino; the reservation is located in the heart of Oregon's beautiful Coastal Range, and is teeming with recreational activities. We welcome visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, hiking and camping, as well as enjoy such historical facilities as Fort Yamhill or the Veterans' Memorial. We also have various day-use parks, and, of course, Spirit Mountain Casino. Discover what you can do in Grand Ronde!
The Portland Mercury
Offering the most spectacular and varied terrain in the Northwest! We have a huge mountain with terrain for everyone, magnificent views and snowfall beyond belief. Our entire staff is committed to providing you with a truly memorable and unique experience that is Mt. Hood Meadows.
We want to be the ultimate neighborhood grocery store. That means creating the best shopping experience possible. One that is easy, fun to shop, and genuinely friendly. It means providing you with the best mix of products, from Frosted Flakes to free-range chicken. It means building a market for local and regional products and supporting family farms. It means giving back to our community, and creating a progressive workplace where our staff can thrive.
Kona Brewing Company is a Hawaii-born craft brewery that champions recycling, is careful with its waste, and supports groups that protect the environment. In aloha spirit, Kona gives back to the community in bounteous ways, including the donation of “Liquid Aloha” inspiration that makes people raise their glasses and say, “Here’s to a damn fine river.”
Based in California, we’re all about getting Barefoot & Having a Great Time! We sell a wide variety of white wine, red wine, blush wine, and champagne. Learn more by visiting barefootwine.com
Since 2001, our Tea brewmasters (yes, their job is as cool as it sounds) have been committed to brewing a hard iced tea that not only tastes like real iced tea but also delivers an incredibly smooth and refreshing drinking experience.
Portland Spirit Rivers Cruises
Portland Spirit Rivers Cruises is a local, family owned company that has been cruising in Portland and the Gorge since 1994. They offer lunch, brunch, dinner, sightseeing and other specialty cruises throughout the year on the Portland Spirit from downtown Portland and the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler in the heart of the Gorge. Enjoy freshly prepared and locally sourced cuisine from their on board galley and Executive Chef and historical narration all while taking in the sights from a completely different perspective. Visit portlandspirit.com for more information.
Stellaractive provides hosting, programming and front-end web builder support probono for HAP and TBF. Particularly for businesses starting out, their web builder program is amazingly flexible and easy to use and manage. Both HAP and TBF websites are hosted by their great interactive system. Stellaractive designs websites that create an active online community around your business by engaging potential customers. Stellaractive combines interactive website development, e-commerce and enterprise software development to build an active online community around your business. Our team of web specialists create marketing strategies that generate more than new clients or one-time sales.
Principal Tom Vandel makes his clients feel like a genious. He is masterful of bringing out the creativity in people. Tom provides HAP and TBF copy and creative services probono. Serving the entire earth from an office above a bar in downtown Portland, Oregon, Les Overhead is a one-man creative firm that offers copywriting and creative direction for ad campaigns, brochures, websites, oddball direct mail pieces and more. Sustainability motto: Do more with Les.
The bad ass designers who do the graphics and art for Human Access Project and The Big Float probono. So great to work with. Dotzero is a small Portland design firm located in a historic 1893 building downtown, which may partly account for the age-old, genuine quality of their work. They specialize in high-end brand and collateral design – logos, print materials, packaging, websites … if you can dream it, they can design it.
There’s no telling how many boots, coats, hats, shirts, pants and other forms of outdoor gear have been worn in Columbia Sportswear’s 70 years of business. It’s a fair amount to be sure. Columbia’s output, reputation and support of outdoor causes remains strong. Hope it never wears out.
We are a not-for-profit financial cooperative serving Portland for over 80 years. Our mission is to pursue financial wellness for our members and member businesses while holding steadfast to our cooperative roots and empowering our local community.
Possibility in every direction… That’s the Port of Portland tagline, and it reflects our commitment to enhancing the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets. We have a long history serving the community – bringing goods to market and helping passengers travel the world. To learn more, to go: www.portofportland.com
"We Grew Up Here" is more than just a slogan for NW Natural. As the only major locally based utility in our service area, NW Natural feels a strong responsibility to the communities it serves. We are committed to community involvement, addressing social challenges and improving the quality of life in the Northwest.
PGE’s renewable power program helps ensure a reliable, sustainable energy future for Oregon, and thanks to our customers it’s the most successful program of its kind in the country.
Provides pro-bono legal services to The Big Float and Human Access Project. Founded in Portland, Oregon. Providing legal guidance to businesses and individuals since 1995.
Provides pro-bono archetectural services to The Big Float and Human Access Project. GreenWorks is a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in Portland, Oregon. We are distinguished by our ability to embed natural processes within our designs to restore the health of ecosystems and communities within our urban watersheds. Since 1997, the practice has developed creative site planning and design solutions for a variety of project types and scales; from large complex regional and district-scale sites, to unique and meticulous design projects.
Provides pro-bono technical consulting to The Big Float and Human Access Project. Flowing Solutions, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, specializes in waterfront planning, permitting and design, stream and river restoration, as well as manufacturing process development, layout and design, and supplier management consulting. This unique combination of skills and expertise allow the development of creative solutions to challenging problems.
Located in the heart of Portland’s South Waterfront District, the Zidell family’s 33-acre riverfront property is the largest undeveloped site in the city. For generations the land has been home to the family’s industrial businesses. Now, after extensive environmental restoration, the site is prepared for redevelopment. As barge operations continue on a portion of the Yards, the family has launched an ambitious plan to transform the land into a mixed use district complete with parks, plazas and river access.
Provides wide format, offset and digital sustainable printing as well as print management and marketing services. They are family owned and operated and have been in Portland's Pearl District for nearly 40 years. Visit their website at www.premierpress.com
Waste Management provides garbage, recycling, compost and yard waste collection for residential, commercial, business, apartment, condominium and construction customers. Enjoy safe, reliable waste collection services provided by one of the nation’s leading environmental service providers.
98.7 The Bull
Portland’s New Country hotspot playing the best in the current country crop and “crushin’ it.” On air with Chunky, McKinzie & Jake · Danny Dwyer · B-Dub · Bryan · The 20Twenty Country Countdown · Buckwild Saturday Night and more.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Since opening its first restaurant in 1993, Chipotle has shown that food served fast didn't have to be a “fast-food” experience. Using high-quality raw ingredients, classic cooking techniques, and distinctive interior design, they have brought features from the realm of fine dining to the world of quick-service restaurants.
The Oregon Lottery is both a public trust and a market-driven business. Lottery dollars fund education, economic development, state parks, watershed enhancement and gambling addiction treatment throughout the state. The lottery is the state’s second largest funding
source, contributing over $9 billion to state funding since 1985.
The RiverPlace is a hip boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland overlooking the marina, next door to the shopping esplanade, and adjacent to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. From the magnificent lobby with its stacked stone fireplace to the solid wood furniture in guest rooms, a say at the Craftsman-style RiverPlace is a treat.
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic food and drinks that help people do better in sport and lead healthy lives. The company makes nutritious foods for athletes and healthy snacks that are good for people and respectful of the planet. All products use organic ingredients.
The Body Bunch, located in Portland, specializes in improving worker wellness through massage therapy. Their mission is to help workers be healthier on the job, by bringing massage treatment to the workplace, and by taking time to trace aches and pains to their source.
Next Adventure is Portland’s alternative outdoor store, offering a wide selection of apparel, climbing, kayaking, paddling, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, and camping gear – plus rentals and instructional classes. Everything you need for your next outdoor adventure.
At Portland’s popular Wonder Ballroom you can enjoy a restored piece of history, a great concert venue, delicious food and outstanding visual arts. This former Hibernian Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it hosts terrific music acts and performers – from the well known to the unknown. Located at 128 NE Russell Street.
The Original Nomad
The Original Nomad, based in Portland, provides creature comforts for the adventurous. They offer the world’s only hot water on demand soaking tub that travels in a duffel bag. The Original Nomad is inspired by the great outdoors and the creative, adventure-seeking human spirit.
Trailhead Credit Union
Trailhead is not your common, cookie-cutter place to bank. This Portland credit union embraces the “small enough to know better” mantra. Focusing on each individual customer, they help develop plans and provide support for each member to pursue their own financial success.
IBC Inflatable Boat Center
Located in Portland, IBC is the oldest dealership and service center in the region. Longtime owners Ron and Maxie have been in the inflatable boat business for over 35 years. Ron is a two time world champion inflatable boat racer who has unrivaled knowledge and experience in the industry.
Oregon Brewers Festival
The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, held annually in Portland the last weekend in July. Pouring 90 different craft beers from around the country – plus 15 beers from New Zealand and the Netherlands in the International Tent – this is the quintessential celebration of craft beer.
Honoring Our Rivers is a project of the Willamette Partnership and is produced with the assistance of volunteers and the support of businesses, individuals, and foundations. It is the mission of HOR to engage the creative capacities of Oregon residents, particularly its youth, to promote and nurture respect for Oregon's fragile river systems.
Cascade Marine Center
Cascade Marine Center is Oregon's premier marine dealership center featuring new and pre-owned boats, jet boards, engines, accessories, service and more. The vast selection of boats and marine products is enhanced by a knowledgeable staff who live for water sports. The Center is located at 14900 SE Stark St. in Portland.
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The Intertwine Alliance
A broad coalition of public agencies, private businesses and nonprofits working together to celebrate, protect and improve the Portland-Vancouver region's connected network of parks, trails and natural areas. Explore The Intertwine.