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Clackamas River: Barton Park to Carver Professional Review and Guide
"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 scenery is uncluttered, even though some areas have housing on the river’s edge. The river class rises to the 2+ level in the spring and drops to the 2- level in the summer. It is runnable all year and is often run in the evening, when daylight permits. Character: residential."
--Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers (The Mountaineers Books).
So the bad rating is for summertime ONLY. I'm sure this could be pretty and enjoyable during the fall and spring, BUT when it's hot, the river is absolutely full of tubers and floaters with no regard for kayaks, canoes, and most of them drunks...some naked. Stay away when it's hot out...white trash city.
Lots of floaters; some partiers on this stretch of the river. This is an easy trip if you have any skill with your craft.
It can be awesomely beautiful. My first trip was sunny, then fog, thunder/lightening - get OFF the river (2 people got hit under a tree 3 miles away this day). The trip continued with a band of fog floating 3' over the water, moving upstream. Pushed through the afternoon wind for a mile, then sun came back.
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