We all want a safe and happy summer season—that’s why we encourage you to exercise caution when entering or recreating near the Willamette River.

The Willamette River is a beautiful natural landmark that connects cities and people together throughout the Willamette Valley. However, its underwater currents can be dangerous even to the most trained swimmer. To help keep you safe, the city of Independence has two lifejacket stations right at the edge of the river. Consider using or encouraging your friends and family to use the community lifejackets when near the river.

The city of Independence thanks you for your cooperation and understanding. Stay safe and cool out there!