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Oregon whitewater, Clackamas River

Clackamas county, Collawash River to Three Lynx Power Station section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The beautiful scenery of Oregon and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a pretty
    decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The river winds through the Central Cascade Range and you get great scenery.
If you're coming from Hood River it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you  
want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
There's great hiking along the Bagby Trail; hiking is a popular thing to do around Clackamas River; Cold Spring Trail is a splendid local trail. Yeah, come up here to the Central Cascade Range for a splendid time. Clackamas River regularly gets a great deal of rain. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most rain, and July meanwhile is the driest month. Summer at Clackamas River arrives with high temperatures in the 70's.

Clackamas River, Collawash River to Three Lynx Power Station 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 Clackamas River.
 Whitewater Near Clackamas River:
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9.2 miles long (Collawash River to Three Lynx Power Station)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12.5 miles long (Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir)
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area)
Clackamas River - Oak Grove Fork, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Lower Five Miles to Clackamas River)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Elk Lake Creek to river mile 5.5)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (June Creek Br. to Collawash River)
Clackamas River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 0 miles long (South Fork Clackamas Falls)
Eagle Creek, Clackamas County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 11 miles long (Fish Hatchery to Eagle Creek Road)
Breitenbush River, Marion County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 8.2 miles long (Cleator Bend Campground to Detroit Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Clackamas River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 24 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 27 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 30 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 35 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 59 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 72 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
White Pass, Washington , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 99 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Marinas Near Clackamas River:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Clackamas River:
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 14 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 14 miles away
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 15 miles away
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 22 miles away
Best Western Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clackamas River:
Alder Flat, Welches, 1 miles away
Rainbow - Fish Creek Mt, Welches, 1 miles away
Ripplebrook - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Clackamas River:
Bagby Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 602 feet elevation difference
Cold Spring Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1284 feet elevation difference
Dry Ridge Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 3204 feet elevation difference
Roaring River Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 4083 feet elevation difference
Bull of the Woods Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 2348 feet elevation difference
Farm Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 252 feet elevation difference
Thunder Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 7 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 3377 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clackamas River:
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Clackamas River
Lake Lenore, Clackamas , 9 miles away
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 14 miles away
Williams Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away

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