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Oregon whitewater, Collawash River

Clackamas county, Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     5.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Hood River, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Collawash River is 5.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Collawash River make the trip here worthwhile. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often tougher
    than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon
trip. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area stretch is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. A bit of exercise and just  
hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Cascade Range is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Detroit Lake State Park is worth checking out if you're at Collawash River, and glorious hiking is available along the Bull of the Woods Trail. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Central Cascade Range. Detroit Lake State Park is a great place to go if you're at Collawash River, and you can go for a hike on the Bagby Trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Collawash River commonly gets much rain.

Collawash River, Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Collawash River.
 Whitewater Near Collawash River:
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9.2 miles long (Collawash River to Three Lynx Power Station)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Elk Lake Creek to river mile 5.5)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12.5 miles long (Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir)
Clackamas River - Oak Grove Fork, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Lower Five Miles to Clackamas River)
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (June Creek Br. to Collawash River)
Breitenbush River, Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 8.2 miles long (Cleator Bend Campground to Detroit Lake)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.3 miles long (Bruno Mt. Road Bridge to Detroit Reservoir)
Clackamas River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 0 miles long (South Fork Clackamas Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Collawash River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 25 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 29 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 31 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 31 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 37 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 55 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
White Pass, Washington , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Marinas Near Collawash River:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Collawash River:
BW PREMIER COLLECTION Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 18 miles away
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN Sandy Inn, Sandy , 25 miles away
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort And Spa, North Bonneville , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Collawash River:
Little Fan Creek, Detroit, 1 miles away
Riverford, Detroit, 2 miles away
Raab, Detroit, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Collawash River:
Bagby Trail, Clackamas , 0 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 602 feet elevation difference
Bull of the Woods Trail, Clackamas , 2 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 2348 feet elevation difference
Farm Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 252 feet elevation difference
Welcome Lakes Trail, Marion , 5 miles away, 8.1 hiking miles, 3795 feet elevation difference
Cold Spring Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1284 feet elevation difference
Rhododendron Ridge Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 887 feet elevation difference
Thunder Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 3377 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Collawash River:
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Collawash River
Lake Lenore, Clackamas , 5 miles away
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away
Williams Lake, Clackamas , 17 miles away

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