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Upper Clackamas Whitewater Rafting

Upper Clackamas Wild & Scenic Rafting In Mt. Hood National Forest

Clackamas River Corridor Oregon

The Clackamas River, known for its vibrant whitewater adventures, offers some of the best class III-IV rapids in the Pacific Northwest. Located in the stunning Mt. Hood National Forest, this river is not just a natural treasure but also a federally recognized Wild and Scenic River, preserving its ecological and cultural values.

Embark on a thrilling journey from Sandstone Bridge to the Memaloose Weigh Station, exploring the upper reaches known for their challenging waters and breathtaking scenery. Whether you're paddling through the spirited 4.2-mile section from Fish Creek to Bob's Hole or participating in the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival, adventure awaits at every turn.

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River Description

The Upper Clackamas stretches are a playground for kayakers and rafters alike, featuring pool-drop rapids that can intensify to class IV during high water. Despite its wild currents, the river offers consistent flows supported by winter rains and spring snowmelt, ensuring a lengthy season of rafting fun. Alongside whitewater, the Clackamas River corridor is a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for camping, especially near Carter Bridge.

Mt. Hood National Forest

Wild and Scenic Designation

The Wild and Scenic designation of the Clackamas River covers 47 miles from Big Springs to Big Cliff, protecting the river's scenic beauty and recreational value. This designation focuses on preserving key resources that are outstandingly remarkable, including recreational opportunities near Portland, critical habitats for anadromous fish like coho and Chinook salmon, and wildlife such as the bald eagle and northern spotted owl. These efforts ensure that the Clackamas River remains a pristine environment for adventurers and wildlife alike.

Clackamas River Map