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Oregon whitewater, Bull Run

Clackamas county, Bull Run Road to Sandy River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     2.5 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This stretch of Bull Run in Oregon is 2.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. The put-in location is a short drive from Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page
    so you won’t get lost. The natural beauty of Clackamas County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the
start over and over. There are some good hotels near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Bull Run Road to Sandy River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The river winds through the Central Cascade  
Range and you get great scenery. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Hit the beach if you want, Sundial Beach is practically right here, and people from Sandy love to come here. Now, you may assume that's a load but there's even more entertaining stuff to do here in the Central Cascade Range. There are good places to explore along the Fanton Plaza Trail It's always pleasant to visit Geary Spring. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Going for a hike on the Eagle Creek Cutoff is always a delightful adventure.

Bull Run, Bull Run Road to Sandy River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bull Run.
 Whitewater Near Bull Run:
Sandy River, Clackamas / Multnomah County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 13.5 miles long (Revenue Bridge to Oxbow Park)
Bull Run, Clackamas County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Bull Run Road to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Marmot Dam to Revenue Bridge)
Eagle Creek, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 11 miles long (Fish Hatchery to Eagle Creek Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Destination Wilderness, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Washougal River, Clark/ Skamania County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.3 miles long (Highway 140 to Washougal)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 21.8 miles long (McIver Park to Mouth)
Clackamas River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 0 miles long (South Fork Clackamas Falls)
Washougal River - North Fork, Skamania County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mile 7 to Washougal River)
Clear Creek, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.8 miles long (Oregon 211 to Redland Road)
 Ski Areas Near Bull Run:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 36 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 39 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 56 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 79 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
White Pass, Washington , 82 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 90 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 90 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Bull Run:
Big Eddy Marina, Portland , 17 miles away
Ducks Moorage, Portland , 18 miles away
Will Jan Moorage, Portland , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Bull Run:
Sundial Beach, Multnomah , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Bull Run:
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge Gateway, Troutdale , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Parkersville Inn & Suites, Washougal , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND EAST - TROUTDALE, Troutdale , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Gresham, Gresham , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bull Run:
Armstrong - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
Gone Creek - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
Hoodview - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Bull Run:
Eagle Creek Cutoff, Clackamas , 14 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 2830 feet elevation difference
Fanton Plaza Trail, Clackamas , 14 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 1787 feet elevation difference
Old Baldy Trail, Clackamas , 15 miles away,  11 hiking miles, 638 feet elevation difference
Dry Ridge Trail, Clackamas , 17 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 3204 feet elevation difference
Big Bend Trail, Multnomah , 18 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 538 feet elevation difference
Washougal Trail, Skamania , 18 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 2131 feet elevation difference
Arrah Wanna Trail, Clackamas , 18 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 3154 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Bull Run:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 66 miles away
George W. Joseph State Park, Oregon , 5 miles away
Crown Point State Park, Oregon , 5 miles away
Portland Women's Forum State Park, Oregon , 5 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bull Run:
Orchard Hills Golf And Country Club, Washougal , 10 miles away
Mountain View Golf Course, Boring , 11 miles away
Greenlea Golf Course, Boring , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Bull Run
Sesters Reservoirs, Multnomah , 6 miles away
North Fork Reservoir, Clackamas , 10 miles away
Clear Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away

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