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Oregon whitewater, Sandy River

Clackamas county, Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     13.5 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hood River, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Clackamas County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam section of Sandy River in Oregon is 13.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. This is not the
    only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section
is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Cascade Range is a great experience. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often more challenging than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Benson State Park is a great site to stretch your legs a bit, and do take a hike on the Plaza Trail. If you want a good time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Central Cascade Range. Lots of people from Brightwood come to Sandy River, and when you're here it's always fun to take a look at Ainsworth State Park. This river is so wonderful.

Sandy River, Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam 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:
Little Sandy River, Clackamas County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 10 miles long (Bridge on FS 14 to SE Marmot Road)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.5 miles long (Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Marmot Dam to Revenue Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - ON the Edge Adventures, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Zigzag River, Clackamas County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Tollgate to Sandy River)
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12.5 miles long (Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir)
Bull Run, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Bull Run Road to Sandy River)
Eagle Creek, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 11 miles long (Fish Hatchery to Eagle Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 20 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 22 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 26 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 48 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 71 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
White Pass, Washington , 76 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 85 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:
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 5 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 5 miles away
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 5 miles away
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 17 miles away
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Windell's Snowboard Camp, Sandy, 1 miles away
Rainbow - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
Mount Hood Village, Welches, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
Arrah Wanna Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 3154 feet elevation difference
Plaza Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 3149 feet elevation difference
Bonanza Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 3516 feet elevation difference
Coffman Camp Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 2759 feet elevation difference
Eagle Creek Cutoff, Clackamas , 6 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 2830 feet elevation difference
Big Bend Trail, Multnomah , 6 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 538 feet elevation difference
Old Baldy Trail, Clackamas , 6 miles away,  11 hiking miles, 638 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 66 miles away
Ainsworth State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
Benson State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Bull Run Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 15 miles away
Little Ashes Lake, Skamania , 17 miles away

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