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April SUV Drive: Three Ferries

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


This drive is closed. We will fill cancellations from the waitlist. 

This is the classic ORPCA Three Ferries Spring Drive. We will start in Stafford (West Linn) and follow the Willamette River, crossing it three times on three different ferries before we arrive for lunch at a winery south of Salem. The route leads through river landscape, rolling wine country hills, passing bird migration habitats. Expect spring flower to be in bloom on the meadows. Please bring $15 in cash for the ferry charges – we recommend $5 and $1 bills. No credit cards are accepted.

From Stafford we go on backroads to the Canby Ferry. After crossing the river, we continue on to Champoeg State Park for a first rest stop. Then we continue to the Wheatland Ferry, where we cross the river again. Then on to Maud Williamson State Recreation Site for a second rest stop. Next, we drive through Bethel Heights wine country to Independence and on to Buena Vista County Park for a third rest stop. This leg has about 5 miles of non-paved road with a fully paved alternative route. For the final leg we cross the river a third time on the Buena Vista Ferry and follow the river north until we enter the wine country south of Salem and reach the Ankeny Winery for lunch.

Total Miles: 95.4 Miles 
Total Driving Time: 4 hrs 16 min

Please arrive at 9:00 am. There will be a safety meeting at 9:15 am and then wheels rolling around 9:30 am. There will be 1 group of 12 cars. 

Registration will open on April 4 at 7:00pm. 

General Information: 

  • The “Release and Waiver of Liability” will be available to sign at the start of the drive. 
  • Registration is by car. Each driver please register their car. If you have a navigator, please register that person at the same time. If you don’t have a navigator, just mark the navigator questions as NA. Please see registration at the bottom of this page.
  • Please note: The start location and a printable PDF file of Printed Route Directions and Scenic Navigation App Access will be provided a day before the event to all registrants. Please do not share this information with anyone else. Please check your SPAM folder if you do not get an email with this information by 5:00pm the day before the event.

Questions:  Please contact Kurt, Tour Chair

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April 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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