Clackamas River

Estacada, Oregon 97023

Clackamas River

Clackamas River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Named for a native tribe that once called the area home, the Clackamas River offers some of the best whitewater rafting in Oregon. It also happens to be the closest whitewater to the city of Portland.

Flowing roughly 80 miles from its headwaters near Olallie Butte, the Clackamas carves a path through the Cascade Mountains before joining the Willamette River south of Portland. In 1988, 47 miles of the river came under protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Twenty-seven of those miles have been deemed recreational. Depending on time of year and put-in location, you can get the full river experience, ranging from lazy river to Class IIII+ whitewater. Rafters tend to prefer the section of river between Three Lynx and
Memaloose, while kayakers tend to run Fish Creek to Bob’s Hole."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Half to all day
River gradient: Average, 132 feet per minute (fpm); maximum, 160 fpm River gauge: 250 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs)
Tidal Information
Best in spring and early summer
Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 49 C–D9
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Dec 2018