This 2 mile canal with 3 tiny portages is THE place to learn or practice your flatwater skills without leaving the city.
With a canoe launch right in front of the UofO stadium, 1 mile from downtown Eugene and 2 miles from Springfield this is a good place for families, beginners, dogs to come and learn to canoe or kayak. It's at it's deepest I think 3 or 4 feet, widest maybe 30 yards, is stocked with trout, and has about a 1 knots current.
It's never crowded.
At the west end in summer, Oregon River Sports rents kayaks for 10 dollars an hour.
Drive to the UO stadium "Autzen Stadium" on MLK jr. drive. Take Leo Harris Parkway to the front of the stadium and right, I mean right, in front of the giant Yellow O on the stadium is a dirt lot and you pull in there and there is a sign for canoe launch, day use only.