Half Day & 1 Day
April - August
Class III-IV (Spring)Class III (Summer)
Clackamas river rafting
adventures are our most popular Oregon whitewater
day trip. Just a few
years ago the U.S. Forest Service invited O.R.E. and a few other outfitters
to begin conducting guided tours on the Clackamas, and in short time this
has become our favorite day trip. With good reason! Our half and full day
Clackamas excursions (on the Three Lynx section of the upper river) are some
of our best rafting adventures, and are suitable for first-timers and
experienced river runners alike.
Portland residents and visitors familiar with
the placid lower Clackamas may be unaware that
a short distance upstream await some of the region's best rapids.
Powerhouse, The Narrows, Headwall, Slingshot, and Carter Bridge are a few of
the many lively class III and IV rapids we encounter, as is Bob's Hole, site
of a well-known kayak competition held each May.
Rapids are perhaps the primary attraction, but lush mountain scenery,
solitude, and crystal clear water add to the trip's charm. Plus all of this
is practically in Portland's back yard - roughly an hour from downtown, and
about 30 minutes from the east side of town. This is one of our best and
most accessible adventures.
Spring is the best time to join us if you are looking for maximum
excitement. Early-season high-water rapids are powerful and promise a wet
ride. With the arrival of summer the water level drops, and the trip's
character changes. Summer's rapids are less intense, but offer a delightful
combination of good waves and rocky slalom-course drops. Plus summer's
slower pace leaves us more time to bask in the sun between rapids.
Summer trips are perfect for families. Spring trips are often fine for
families as well, depending on water levels. If in doubt give us a call.
Low water inflatable kayak adventures. Summer's lower water levels are
great for inflatable kayaking. We offer all-kayak custom trips as well as
inflatable kayak additions to our regular paddleboat trips. Prior experience
is highly recommended: please contact our office for further
Logistical notes: Our high
water half day and 1 day trips both begin at Sandstone Bridge. High flow 1
day trips take out at Memaloose, while high flow half day trips take out at
one of several upstream access points (such as Carter Bridge). Low flow half
day and 1 day trips begin and end at alternate access points in order to
create an enjoyable trip of appropriate length. Typical launch points for
our low water trips include whitewater bridge and milepost 41. Typical take
out points include milepost 41, Fish Creek, and mileposts 37 and 35.
A Note for Groups: O.R.E. offers
round-trip transportation from the Portland region and from Mount Hood
resorts to groups by special
arrangement. Please contact our office for more information.
operates under a special use permit issued by
the U.S. Forest Service for the Mount Hood National Forest. O.R.E. is an equal
opportunity service provider. (Click
here for non-discrimination statement.)