Photos: Hundreds head to Willamette for Big Float

It was a zoo on the river as thousands floated in various devices

Thousands floated on the Willamette River for The Big Float on July 15, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Flamingos, swans and cows… oh my!

With temperatures in the 80s and assurances from the city that the river is safe to swim in, it was a zoo downtown as hundreds flocked to the Willamette River with various inflatable creatures for the Big Float.

“We love the river,” Jane Lundberg told KOIN 6 News. “In fact, this morning we just bought a jet ski and it’s all about coming to the river.”

The float started at Poet’s Beach, Portland first official downtown beach. The 7th annual float, hosted by the Human Access Project, encourages people to get in the river and support its preservation and healthy development.

“This is Portland’s largest public open spaced owned by the citizens of Oregon,” Willie Levenson with the Human Access Project said.