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Oregon whitewater, Clackamas River

Clackamas county, Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     12.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Oregon and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Clackamas River is 12.5 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.
    If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. Getting your paddling muscles activated
and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The put-in location is a short drive from Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, as you can see on the road map further down. The Central Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river  
system is full of great paddling stretches, the Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The Fanton Plaza Trail offers hiking at its best, and at Clackamas River you always meet someone from Estacada. Be careful coming to the Central Cascade Range, you might not ever wanna go back home again. Clackamas River is right by the Cold Spring Trail, and don't leave Clackamas River without first checking out Big Cliff. This is a great river. A visit to Clackamas River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Cold Spring.

Clackamas River, Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir 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 - South Fork, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 0 miles long (South Fork Clackamas Falls)
Eagle Creek, Clackamas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 11 miles long (Fish Hatchery to Eagle Creek Road)
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12.5 miles long (Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Destination Wilderness, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Marmot Dam to Revenue Bridge)
Bull Run, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Bull Run Road to Sandy River)
Clear Creek, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.8 miles long (Oregon 211 to Redland Road)
Sandy River, Clackamas / Multnomah County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 13.5 miles long (Revenue Bridge to Oxbow Park)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 21.8 miles long (McIver Park to Mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Clackamas River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 31 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 34 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 38 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 42 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 45 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 69 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 79 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
White Pass, Washington , 90 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 98 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Hotels Near Clackamas River:
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 11 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 18 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 18 miles away
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Gresham, Gresham , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clackamas River:
Lazy Bend, Estacada, 1 miles away
Promontory Park, Estacada, 3 miles away
Carter Bridge, Sandy, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Clackamas River:
Fanton Plaza Trail, Clackamas , 8 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 1787 feet elevation difference
Cold Spring Trail, Clackamas , 8 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1284 feet elevation difference
Dry Ridge Trail, Clackamas , 9 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 3204 feet elevation difference
Eagle Creek Cutoff, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 2830 feet elevation difference
High Camp Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 278 feet elevation difference
East Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 479 feet elevation difference
Old Baldy Trail, Clackamas , 11 miles away,  11 hiking miles, 638 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clackamas River:
Milo McIver State Park, Oregon , 13 miles away
Bonnie Lure State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
George W. Joseph State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clackamas River:
Springwater Golf Course, Estacada , 11 miles away
Eagle Creek Golf Course, Eagle Creek , 14 miles away
Mountain View Golf Course, Boring , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Clackamas River
North Fork Reservoir, Clackamas , 6 miles away
Clear Lake, Clackamas , 7 miles away
Williams Lake, Clackamas , 7 miles away

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