Clackamas River Carver to Clackamette Park

Carver, Oregon

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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 soft eddy on the inside. The most difficult rapids are a pair of right bends followed by a pair of left bends. The second pair has a central rock to avoid. High rocks and a trestle bridge are next. There is an easy riffle here, but several 17-foot aluminum canoes have wrapped around the bridge piers. The run finishes with a nice long but not too tight S turn. The waves here are irregular and can be fun. Clackamette Park is 0.8 mile farther down on the left. The Clackamas River then flows into the Willamette River. Character: residential.

Clackamas River: Carver to Clackamette Park Professional Review and Guide

"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 soft eddy on the inside. The most difficult rapids are a pair of right bends followed by a pair of left bends.

The second pair has a central rock to avoid. High rocks and a trestle bridge are next. There is an easy riffle here, but several 17-foot aluminum canoes have wrapped around the bridge piers. The run finishes with a nice long but not too tight S turn. The waves here are irregular and can be fun. Clackamette Park is 0.8 mile farther down on the left. The Clackamas River then flows into the Willamette River. Character: residential."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Carver
Distance: 8
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 800–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Clackamas River: Carver to Clackamette Park

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May 2018