****SCHEDULE CHANGE: August 2, Crow Butte State Park to Umatilla*****
Also, there was a mistake on some press releases.
Should read: August 1 Rock Creek to Crow Butte State Park

Paddle to Pendleton Poster (241K)

Spuyalupabs Canoe Family Picture

Press Release:

Cedar Canoes Return to the Columbia River

The Puyallup Tribe's Spuyalupabs Canoe Family will return the cedar canoe tradition to the Columbia River during the Paddle to Pendleton July 29 to August 6. They will paddle a 111 mile stretch of the Columbia River from Celilo Village to Wallula Junction on their way to the Huckleberry Feast at Indian Lake on the Umatilla Reservation. This will mark the first time in about 70 years that cedar canoes have journeyed on the Columbia.

The Paddle to Pendleton follows a renewed and growing tradition of Cedar Canoe Cultures. Beginning in 1989 with the Paddle to Seattle (from LaPush), to the 1993 Paddle to Bella Bella, to the 1995 and 1996 Full Circle Paddle, 1997 Tribal Journeys/Paddle to LaPush, 1998 Power Paddle to Puyallup and the 1999 Paddle to Ahouset.

"We are very excited about bringing our canoe and the tradition it carries to the Columbia River" says Connie McCloud Cultural Coordinator of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and Captain of the Spuyalupabs Canoe Family. "The Spuyalupabs Canoe Family seeks to return to others the support and teachings of the canoe that were offered to us as we began retracing the path of our ancestors; and to maintain a safe, healthy, drug and alcohol free environment for our youth, families and community. It is our intent to offer a meaningful cultural and spiritual journey for all whom join us."

Other canoe groups from Western Washington and Canada are expected to join after the Tribal Journeys - "In the Spirit of Our Ancestors" paddle ends on July 30th from Vancouver Island. The Paddle to Pendleton will also coincide with the Jammin' for Salmon concert at the Wild Horse Casino on Friday August 4th.

Paddle to Pendleton Schedule:


July 29 Arrive in Celilo
July 30 Day in Celilo
July 31 Celilo to Rock Creek - 27 Miles
August 1 Rock Creek to Crow Butte State Park - 33 Miles
August 2 Crow Butte State Park to Umatilla* - 29 Miles
August 3 Umatilla* to Wallula Junction - 22 Miles
August 4*-6 Huckleberry Feast - Indian Lake, Umatilla Reservation
*August 4 "Jammin' for Salmon" Wild Horse Casino



More About the
Puyallup Canoe Family:

Ron's Letter

Travel to China Web Site

In the News:

Dragon Boat Racing in China - National Geographic

Seattle Times - Paddle to Puyallup


Promotional Pics:

Puyallup Canoe

Canoe and Mt Takhoma

Canoe Logo

For More Information Contact:
Connie McCloud Cultural Coordinator
Captain, Spuyalupabs Canoe Family
(253) 593-0232, ext. 525
Web Site: www.c-fx.com/paddle