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.

  • #1 Clackamas River: Barton Park to Carver

    2 Reviews

    Barton Park, OR

    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. ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This stretch of the Clackamas River is an excellent training area for beginners. There are many small class 2 drops, usually ...

  • #2 Tualatin River: Tigard to Willamette

    3 Reviews

    Tillamook, OR

    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 ...
    •  45 miles
    •  Guide

    Portland paddlers often overlook the Tualatin River since it flows between major metropolitan areas. The river provides area ...

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

    2 Reviews

    Portland, OR

    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. ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This beautiful stretch of the Clackamas River may be run all year. The first 2.5 miles are located entirely within Milo McIver ...

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

    2 Reviews

    Bend, OR

    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 ...
    •  58 miles
    •  Guide

    The Deschutes River has many faces, ranging from a warm smile of flatwater to an angry, snarling glare of whitewater and ...

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

    0 Reviews

    Estacada, OR

    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. ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The North Fork Clackamas River is one of the more difficult and intense rivers in the Portland area. Don't put on without ...

  • #6 Abiqua Creek: Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road

    2 Reviews

    Silverton, OR

    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 ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Abiqua Creek is in the watershed between Butte Creek on the north and Silver Creek to the south. All are tributaries of the ...

  • #7 Donner und Blitzen River: Blitzen Crossing to Page springs Campground

    2 Reviews

    Frenchglen, OR

    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 ...
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    The Donner und Blitzen River, often referred to as the Blitzen, is a Wild and Scenic River and a superb fly-fishing stream. ...

  • #8 Santiam River, Lower South and Main: Foster Reservoir to Willamette River

    0 Reviews

    Lebanon, OR

    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 ...
    •  36 miles
    •  Guide

    Below Foster Reservoir, the river features a low gradient and pleasant scenery in farm and grazing lands. The narrow basalt ...

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

    0 Reviews

    Gladstone, OR

    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 ...
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    The lower Clackamas River is an excellent place to begin whitewater boating. The river is wide at normal flows, quite scenic, ...

  • #10 Rogue River: Grants Pass to Gold Beach

    1 Reviews

    Agness, OR

    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 ...
    •  100 miles
    •  Guide

    The Rogue River was one of the first national Wild and Scenic Rivers, designated such in 1978. Wildlife is abundant here. ...

  • #11 Deschutes River: Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge

    1 Reviews

    Redmond, OR

    This Central Oregon run offers the intermediate paddler a nice trip though two very scenic canyons with the option of a midway access point. Since most of the river is diverted for irrigation ...
    •  11.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This Central Oregon run offers the intermediate paddler a nice trip though two very scenic canyons with the option of a midway ...

  • #12 Nestucca River: Rocky Bend Campground to Nestucca Bay

    0 Reviews

    Tillamook, OR

    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 ...
    •  39 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nestucca River winds through Oregon's lower coastal mountains, nestled along a pleasant, narrow valley that gradually ...

  • #13 Clackamas River: Carver to Clackamette Park

    0 Reviews

    Carver, OR

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This stretch of river is a fine run for intermediate canoers and beginner kayakers. The rapids are characterized by turns ...

  • #14 Deschutes River, Central - Bend to Lake Billy Chinook

    0 Reviews

    Bend, OR

    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 ...
    •  50 miles
    •  Guide

    Most of the Central Deschutes River gets diverted for irrigation at Bend and below. Only during winter and early spring is ...

  • #15 Salmonberry River: Beaver Slide Road to the Nehalem River

    0 Reviews

    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The Salmonberry is one of the most overlooked rivers in the Portland area, perhaps for good reason. The shuttle for this ...

  • #16 Minam River: Red's Horse Ranch to Minam River Recreation Area

    0 Reviews

    La Grande, OR

    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, ...
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    The Minam makes for unusual boating since it requires an expensive and difficult flight to put-ins at Red's Horse Ranch or ...

  • #17 Bull Run River: PGE Powerhouse to Sandy River

    1 Reviews

    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The river is situated in a narrow, rocky canyon with impressive undercuts and large boulders. One particular undercut, about ...

  • #18 Nehalem River: Timber Road to Nehalem Bay

    0 Reviews

    Portland, OR

    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, ...
    •  100 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nehalem River is a rural stream flowing for more than 100 miles between Oregon's northern coastal mountains and the Pacific ...

  • #19 Sandy River: Revenue Bridge to Dodge Park

    1 Reviews

    Sandy, OR

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a great run for boaters making the transition form beginner to intermediate. The run starts at Revenue Bridge with ...

  • #20 Crooked River: Crooked River Ranch to Lake Billy Chinook

    1 Reviews

    Culver, OR

    This part of the Crooked River is not quite as intense, and only half as long, as the previous run. Still, some of the rapids are challenging and boaters are a long way from help. The flow is ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This part of the Crooked River is not quite as intense, and only half as long, as the previous run. Still, some of the rapids ...