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Oregon whitewater, Mollala River - South Fork

Clackamas county, Copper Creek to Molalla River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6.5 miles
  The Copper Creek to Molalla River stretch of Mollala River - South Fork is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often more challenging than in other states, 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're coming from Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton it's not a
    long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. The beautiful scenery of Clackamas County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The campgrounds here at Mollala River - South Fork are pretty good. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Copper Creek to Molalla River  
section is one of them. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Cascade Range is a great experience. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Gates love to come to Mollala River - South Fork, and do put some time aside to spend at Mud Springs while you're here at Mollala River - South Fork. Whohoo, so much entertaining stuff in one place! The Central Cascade Range is great! Good hiking is available along the Pine Crest Trail, and as expected, everybody loves North Santiam State Park.

Mollala River - South Fork, Copper Creek to Molalla 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 Mollala River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Mollala River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Copper Creek to Molalla River)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park)
Mollala River - North Fork, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Dead Horse Canyon Creek Bridge to Mollola River)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Elkhorn Valley Campground to North Santiam River)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Packsaddle Park to Mill City)
Elkhorn Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (to confluence with Little North Santiam)
Abiqua Creek, Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.7 miles long (Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Clear Creek, Clackamas County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.8 miles long (Oregon 211 to Redland Road)
 Ski Areas Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 45 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 51 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 54 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 59 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 68 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 70 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND SE - CLACKAMAS AREA, Gladstone , 25 miles away
Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City , 25 miles away
Clackamas Inn And Suites, Clackamas , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn - Portland-Clackamas, Clackamas , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Molalla River Recreation Area - Old Bridge, Gates, 2 miles away
Molalla River Recreation Area - Shadow View, Colton, 2 miles away
Molalla River Recreation Area - Red Dog, Colton, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Pine Crest Trail, Clackamas , 2 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
Baty Silver King Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 335 feet elevation difference
High Camp Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 278 feet elevation difference
Nohorn Trail, Clackamas , 12 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 472 feet elevation difference
South Fork Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 14 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 2378 feet elevation difference
Rocky Top Trail, Marion , 14 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 526 feet elevation difference
Molalla Trail, Clackamas , 15 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 1285 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mollala River - South Fork:
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 14 miles away
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mollala River - South Fork:
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Lyons , 7 miles away
Springwater Golf Course, Estacada , 15 miles away
Ranch Hills Golf Club, Mulino , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Mollala River - South Fork
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 10 miles away
Williams Lake, Clackamas , 11 miles away
Clear Lake, Clackamas , 12 miles away

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