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 “Rivers Office” works to assure access for all to a clean and healthy river. We collaborate with local partners and other City Bureaus to bring together the people and resources necessary to improve the health and economy of our waterways. We strive to achieve Portland’s goals of clean and healthy rivers; a prosperous working harbor; vital waterfronts; and strong river partnerships.
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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 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 portlandspirit.com for more information.
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.
Inspired by the way nature makes water, known as the hydrologic cycle: sun (made of fire) heats the earth (covered with water) causing evaporation – which is water – which is good for drinking (to stay hydrated) and floating (to stay cool).
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 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.
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.
Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, the premiere paddle sports store and instructional center in Oregon, has three locations to serve all of your paddling needs. Whether you paddle whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, recreational kayaks or canoes, Alder Creek has the boats and gear you need to get out on the water and the classes to elevate your paddling skills.