Portland set a World Record! 

Friday, July 5, 2013  Portland beat the previously held Guinness Book of World Records for "Most People in a Floating Line" by connecting 620 people on the banks of the Willamette River in Downtown Portland.


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PS the photographer Mike Franz is AWESOME - since the time we completed the event he put in about 12 hours work getting this out quickly.  Quite extraordinary.  Giga Pan will also be providing photography for The Big Float when Human Access Project will get 2,000+ people on the Willamette River July 28th.  More info below or at

Sign up for The Big Float Sunday July 28, 2013



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The Big Float 3

WHEN:      Sunday, July 28, 2013 (9am on site registration, after party starts noon-ish)
WHERE:    Willamette River, Tom McCall Bowl - Waterfront Park, Portland, ORE 
WHO:         2,000+ floaters   1,000+ observers and after-partiers
WHY:         To give our river a hug

WHAT:       THE Portland, inner-tube, summer kick off, celebration benefiting the not for profit organization Human Access Project.



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Beach party here we come

This year, instead of crossing the Willamette River, we’ll float downstream. We launch from Marquam Beach (same as last year) and take out at the Tom McCall Bowl – on the west bank of the river just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.

This is where we UnRocked the Beach last fall. And it’s where we’ll gather after the float for Portland’s first downtown beach party – including a music barge and three bands. Revelers can recline in their watercraft on the river – or frolic on the beach or grass bowl.



 New TBF 3 features for 2013
-Beach party

-Live music barge (all 3 bands)
-Food carts, beverages (this year Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Wines!)
-Changing rooms and check-in for valuables
-Free chair massages
-Fun for kids (we're gettin' a bounce house - at least one)

-Expedited entrance into the water with new Coast Guard agreement (significantly improved).

The Big Float is open to all ages. All floaters must wear a life jacket. It's a safe voyage, not a race. Join the flotilla and attend the grandest pool party Portland has ever seen!

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