North Fork Clackamas River 375 Miles from North Fork Reservoir to North Fork Reservoir

Estacada, Oregon

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The North Fork of the Clackamas River begins as a tiny stream in the foothills of the Cascades, gradually building in size and plunging through the basalt of the Clackamas River canyon to end in the backwaters of the North Fork Reservoir. The river is at the bottom of a steep and isolated canyon and is dotted with waterfalls, ledge drops, and that ever-present Northwest boater obstacle: wood. Steep boulder gardens and small ledges characterize the first mile of the run. Most of these rapids can be scouted from a boat, but several are quite steep and should be scouted for wood by at least one member of the group. The first major obstacle is a short gorge with a riverwide ledge near the end. The lead-in to the ledge is swift with very small eddies, and the gorge has contained dangerous wood in the past. Scout early from the right bank.

North Fork Clackamas River: 3.75 Miles from North Fork Reservoir to North Fork Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"The North Fork of the Clackamas River begins as a tiny stream in the foothills of the Cascades, gradually building in size and plunging through the basalt of the Clackamas River canyon to end in the backwaters of the North Fork Reservoir. The river is at the bottom of a steep and isolated canyon and is dotted with waterfalls, ledge drops, and that ever-present Northwest boater obstacle: wood. Steep boulder gardens and small ledges characterize the first mile of the run.

Most of these rapids can be scouted from a boat, but several are quite steep and should be scouted for wood by at least one member of the group. The first major obstacle is a short gorge with a riverwide ledge near the end. The lead-in to the ledge is swift with very small eddies, and the gorge has contained dangerous wood in the past. Scout early from the right bank."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Estacada
Distance: 3.75
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 250–500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Clackamas River: 3.75 Miles from North Fork Reservoir to North Fork Reservoir

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May 2018