Clackamas River June Creek Bridge to Collawash River

Collawash River, Oregon

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The Clackamas River above the Collawash confluence contains nearly continuous, intermediate rapids, beautiful scenery, clear water, and a pleasant riverside hot springs. The rocky streambed and consistent gradient provide plenty of action for the first 5.5 miles. Two small, narrow gorges in this first section contain steeper drops and should be scouted from the road during the shuttle to check for wood. Austin Hot Springs, about 5.5 miles from the put-in, make a nice spot to warm hands and feet. About 0.5 mile below the hot springs is a steep drop with a large rock in the middle of the river. The drop is preceded by 50 yards of waves and holes. Boaters generally run just to the right of the center rock; punching through a large wave and avoiding another rock on the right. A sneak route along the right bank is possible at some levels. The left side looks attractive but is dangerously undercut. A long boulder garden (class 3+ to 4) that contains some nice waves and holes as well as large rocks is 2 miles downstream. Scout the entire boulder garden from the road. Character: forested; hot springs.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

The Clackamas River above the Collawash confluence contains nearly continuous, intermediate rapids, beautiful scenery, clear water, and a pleasant riverside hot springs. The rocky streambed and consistent gradient provide plenty of action for the first 5.5 miles. Two small, narrow gorges in this first section contain steeper drops and should be scouted from the road during the shuttle to check for wood. Austin Hot Springs, about 5.5 miles from the put-in, make a nice spot to warm hands and feet. About 0.5 mile below the hot springs is a steep drop with a large rock in the middle of the river.

The drop is preceded by 50 yards of waves and holes. Boaters generally run just to the right of the center rock; punching through a large wave and avoiding another rock on the right. A sneak route along the right bank is possible at some levels. The left side looks attractive but is dangerously undercut. A long boulder garden (class 3+ to 4) that contains some nice waves and holes as well as large rocks is 2 miles downstream. Scout the entire boulder garden from the road. Character: forested; hot springs.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Collawash River
Distance: 8
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 1600 cfs; 5000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Clackamas River: June Creek Bridge to Collawash River

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