Clackamas River Milo McIver State Park to Barton Park

Portland, Oregon

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This beautiful stretch of the Clackamas River may be run all year. The first 2.5 miles are located entirely within Milo McIver State Park; for a short trip, take out at the lower end of the park. If continuing downstream, it is another 5.5 miles to the take-out at Barton Park. The put-in at the Milo McIver State Park boat ramp offers a view of the first and largest drop. A ledge across the river provides several good standing waves for surfing. The river twists through the park with more small rapids and goes into a rock garden. The rock garden is followed by a nice play spot with more standing waves and eddies on both sides.
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)

This beautiful stretch of the Clackamas River may be run all year. The first 2.5 miles are located entirely within Milo McIver State Park; for a short trip, take out at the lower end of the park. If continuing downstream, it is another 5.5 miles to the take-out at Barton Park.

The put-in at the Milo McIver State Park boat ramp offers a view of the first and largest drop. A ledge across the river provides several good standing waves for surfing. The river twists through the park with more small rapids and goes into a rock garden. The rock garden is followed by a nice play spot with more standing waves and eddies on both sides.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 8
Class: Class II+
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 800–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Clackamas River: Milo McIver State Park to Barton Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2011
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Every year I visit friends in Oregon City, and every year we do this trip. Its a nice relaxing family float in the summer; I've only done it in July and August, so I can't comment on what it's like in high water. But as a family float, this is great, and it can be run in simple 2 man rafts without challenge. Be warned that the water does get VERY shallow at the end of McIver state park. I've had to get out and wade through these shallows simply because the boat wouldn't budge in the lowest water flow.


6/12/2010
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Good flow, easy for class II. A few big fun waves that you have to keep your boat straight in, unless you're better than us!



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