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 Portland Mercury
All the news, music, movies, restaurants, cultural ramblings, cheeky humor and idiotic rants from the unstable mind of Frank Cassano you can handle – delivered weekly. Among other things, they stand for fun and clean rivers, mixed copiously together.

True to the music…and to the community. More than just a radio station, KINK is a raft of cultural sustenance in a swirling, chaotic world. For news, local information, live music performances and heightened community awareness, get into the raft, and the river.

Popina Swimwear Portland
Your vacation starts at Popina, purveyors of fresh retro swimwear. Located in NE Portland and in the Pearl, Popina offers leading brand swimwear plus original suit designs that are somewhere between the Copacabana of the 40’s and Ipanema today.  Popina suits look and feel good – whether on a beach, lounging by a pool, or floating in an inner-tube.


Kona Brewing

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.”  


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 for more information.


Homespun Websites

Homespun is a Portland website development firm serving small to medium-size businesses. You can build your own site or they will build it for you – making it easy to manage, update and expand. They built THE BIG FLOAT website and as you can see it floats and maneuvers on the Internets nicely.


Les Overhead

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.

Dotzero Design

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.   


Columbia Sportswear

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.


Port of Portland

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:


Premier Press

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


Business Sponsors

$500 Contribution

-Downtown Development Group - Owned by the venerable Goodman family, if your looking for office or retail space in Portland, give them a shout.


$250 Contribution

Next Adventure - Portland's alternative outdoor store. Find the best selection of apparel, climbing, kayaking, paddling, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, camping, and skateboard gear at The Paddle Sports Center offers the latest in kayak and canoe sales, kayak instruction & lessons, guided trips and rentals.


Lombard Animal Hospital - a husband and wife owned Integrative Veterinary hospital located in Northeast Portland. Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional Western medicine and alternative therapies such as herbal formulas, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, food therapy and exercise to reach a state of balanced health for your pets.  We strive to improve the quality of life for pets and their people through education, nutrition and wellness. Lombard Animal Hospital can be reached at 503.285.2337 and you can visit their website at




The Intertwine Alliance is 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.





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