The secret is out on Hagg Lake. It sits less than 40 miles west of Portland, Oregon — nestled in the beautiful Scoggins Valley. There’s not a weekend that the lake isn’t packed full of people fishing, wake boarding, running, and cycling on or near its shores, but it’s still my go-to location for paddle boarding. Its multiple inlets offer the chance to explore, observe local fauna, hammer out a workout, and of course, a chance to just be a part of nature.
I grew up splitting my time in Hawaii and Southern California, so when I made the trip up north to Oregon 25 years ago, I thought my days in the water were behind me. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re a Navy brat with a love for the wet stuff.
Watch the forecast! In a state like Oregon, the weather can be drastically different an hour away!
I like to keep a small, hand broom with my board for use when rolling it up. Great way to brush off excess water, sand, dirt, rocks, etc. when rolling it up to transport.
Skip the electric pump and use the manual, pump especially during cold days. What a great way to warm up!