Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Oregon

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Clackamas River: Barton Park to Carver


This stretch of the Clackamas River is an excellent training area for beginners. There are many small class 2 drops, usually with eddies close by. The rapids are clean and have good runouts. The sce…
From the guidebook "Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers"
Barton Park, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.5 miles BestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Tualatin River: Tigard to Willamette


Portland paddlers often overlook the Tualatin River since it flows between major metropolitan areas. The river provides area residents with easy access at many parks, bridges, schools, or even golf co…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Tillamook, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 45 miles BestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Clackamas River: Milo McIver State Park to Barton Park


This beautiful stretch of the Clackamas River may be run all year. The first 2.5 miles are located entirely within Milo McIver State Park; for a short trip, take out at the lower end of the park. If c…
From the guidebook "Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers"
Portland, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles BestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Deschutes River, Upper - Wickiup Reservoir to Bend


The Deschutes River has many faces, ranging from a warm smile of flatwater to an angry, snarling glare of whitewater and waterfalls, paired with a hot, sweaty brow marked by its lower desert canyons.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Bend, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 58 miles BestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Clackamas River, North Fork - Upper Bridge to North Fork Reservoir


The North Fork Clackamas River is one of the more difficult and intense rivers in the Portland area. Don't put on without Class V boating skills, good judgment, rescue equipment, and adaptability. The…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Estacada, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Abiqua Creek: Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road


Abiqua Creek is in the watershed between Butte Creek on the north and Silver Creek to the south. All are tributaries of the Pudding River, which flows into the Molalla just before the latter reaches t…
From the guidebook "Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers"
Silverton, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Santiam River, Lower South and Main: Foster Reservoir to Willamette River


Below Foster Reservoir, the river features a low gradient and pleasant scenery in farm and grazing lands. The narrow basalt gorges and boulder gardens of the upper river are replaced with gravel bars,…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Lebanon, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 36 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Rogue River: Grants Pass to Gold Beach


The Rogue River was one of the first national Wild and Scenic Rivers, designated such in 1978. Wildlife is abundant here. Paddlers often see black bear, otter, deer, and a variety of birds and other c…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Agness, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 100 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Clackamas River, Lower - River Mill Dam to Willamette River


The lower Clackamas River is an excellent place to begin whitewater boating. The river is wide at normal flows, quite scenic, and uncluttered despite its popularity. Though people flock to the parks a…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Gladstone, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 24 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Nestucca River: Rocky Bend Campground to Nestucca Bay


The Nestucca River winds through Oregon's lower coastal mountains, nestled along a pleasant, narrow valley that gradually opens toward the coast. Small communities are displayed in quaint settings al…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Tillamook, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 39 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Deschutes River, Central - Bend to Lake Billy Chinook


Most of the Central Deschutes River gets diverted for irrigation at Bend and below. Only during winter and early spring is the flow adequate for paddlers. The river can be divided into two separate…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Bend, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 50 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Salmonberry River: Beaver Slide Road to the Nehalem River


The Salmonberry is one of the most overlooked rivers in the Portland area, perhaps for good reason. The shuttle for this run deserves a Class V rating. Since it's a long drive, you may wish to recruit…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Clackamas River: Carver to Clackamette Park


This stretch of river is a fine run for intermediate canoers and beginner kayakers. The rapids are characterized by turns with standing waves on the outside or the middle of the channel, with a nice s…
From the guidebook "Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers"
Carver, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Donner und Blitzen River: Blitzen Crossing to Page springs Campground


The Donner und Blitzen River, often referred to as the Blitzen, is a Wild and Scenic River and a superb fly-fishing stream. The mountain river flows through a parched southeast Oregon setting with no…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Frenchglen, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 18 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Minam River: Red's Horse Ranch to Minam River Recreation Area


The Minam makes for unusual boating since it requires an expensive and difficult flight to put-ins at Red's Horse Ranch or Minam Lodge. Only small planes can land at the ranch's rough airstrip, so gr…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
La Grande, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 22 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Bull Run River: PGE Powerhouse to Sandy River


The river is situated in a narrow, rocky canyon with impressive undercuts and large boulders. One particular undercut, about 0.5 mile from the put-in, looks inviting except for the rock that has fall…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Nehalem River: Timber Road to Nehalem Bay


The Nehalem River is a rural stream flowing for more than 100 miles between Oregon's northern coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Boaters usually run the upper river during the rainy season, form…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 100 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Sandy River: Revenue Bridge to Dodge Park


This is a great run for boaters making the transition form beginner to intermediate. The run starts at Revenue Bridge with a crawl down the hill to the river. The upper part of the run is class 2 with…
From the guidebook "Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers"
Sandy, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Santiam River, North Fork: Big Cliff Dam to Main Santiam River


The North Fork Santiam River is a popular destination for boaters at all skill levels. Only advanced to expert boaters should attempt the upper stretches below Big Cliff Dam, since two Class IV to V r…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Salem, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 90 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Clear Creek: Oregon Highway 211 to Clackamas River


Brushy banks, twisting bends, and possible fences are present along Clear Creek. The upper creek contains continuous Class II water with two Class III drops below Metzler Park. Sidewinder is a dange…
From the guidebook "Paddling Oregon"
Portland, OR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 20 miles
Published by Falcon Guides