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 Ronde Grand 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
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.


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.


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.


Waste Management

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.



TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. We connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution—making the Portland area a better place to live. Welcome aboard!





New Seasons Market

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

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.”  


Barefoot Wine

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


LIVE 95.5
Portland's #1 Hit Music Station with Tanya, Hannah, Mike, Max, Stacey Lynn.



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.


Les Overhead

Creative Director/Copywriter Tom Vandel and his alter-ego and business partner, Les Overhead, provide copy and creative services to HAP and TBF pro bono.  Serving the entire earth from an office above a bar in 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.  Motto:  Do more with Les.

Dotzero Design

The bad ass designers who do the graphics and art for Human Access Project and The Big Float pro bono.  So great to work with - Dotzero is a small Portland design firm with a unique vintage style brought to life in creative fashion. They specialize in high-end brand and collateral design – logos, print materials, packaging, websites … if you can dream it, they can design it.

Point West Credit Union

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.


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:


NW Natural

"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.


Zidell Yards

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.


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.


RiverPlace Hotel

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

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.


Body Bunch

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.


Oregon Home: The EVERYTHING home magazine.

Oregon Home is the leading and longest standing statewide shelter magazine. With over 17+ years of editorial service they have evolved with the home market, industry and trends and offer an insightful, local approach to design, building, décor and everything home.





Wonder Ballroom

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.


Mt. Hood Meadows

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.


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.


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.


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



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.


Downtown Development Group


200 Market Buliding


American Medical Response





Business Sponsors ($500 and under)

Matthew Bissonette C.P.A. provides discounted tax work to Human Access Project plus financial support.



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.


 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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