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Oregon whitewater, Sandy River

Clackamas county, McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     4.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Clackamas County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Hood River, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Oregon are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.
    The Central Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. For
all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch of Sandy River is 4.5 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better  
reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
The Flag Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best; you certainly should visit Mount Hood National Forest while you're here. Yep, outdoors exciting stuff truly is plentiful here in the Central Cascade Range. There's great hiking along the West Zigzag Mountain Trail, and you'll probably meet some people from Rhododendron here. This is a great river. Really splendid skiing awaits you at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, and Sandy River is in the neighborhood of John B. Yeon State Park which is a scenic site.

Sandy River, McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road 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 Sandy River.
 Whitewater Near Sandy River:
Whitewater Outfitter - ON the Edge Adventures, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Zigzag River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Tollgate to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.5 miles long (Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam)
Little Sandy River, Clackamas County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 10 miles long (Bridge on FS 14 to SE Marmot Road)
Hood River - Lake Branch, Hood River County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork)
Whitewater Outfitter - Renegade River Rafters, Skamania County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Clackamas River - Oak Grove Fork, Clackamas County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Lower Five Miles to Clackamas River)
Hood River - West Fork, Hood River County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (White Bridge Park to East Fork Hood River)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 11 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 13 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 17 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 21 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 47 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 68 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
White Pass, Washington , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 82 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River:
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 4 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 5 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 5 miles away
Best Western Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 10 miles away
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Pioneer Tollgate Campground, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
Toll Gate - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
McNeil, Rhododendron, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
West Zigzag Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 2 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 3016 feet elevation difference
Flag Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 3 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 924 feet elevation difference
Horseshoe Ridge Trail, Clackamas , 3 miles away,  6.6 hiking miles, 2174 feet elevation difference
Cast Creek Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 2784 feet elevation difference
Still Creek Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 274 feet elevation difference
Cool Creek Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 3377 feet elevation difference
Devils Canyon Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 1797 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 67 miles away
Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon , 5 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 13 miles away
Ainsworth State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Bull Run Lake, Clackamas , 7 miles away
Frying Pan Lake, Clackamas , 12 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 15 miles away

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