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Oregon whitewater, Zigzag River

Clackamas county, Tollgate to Sandy River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3.2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Oregon and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Hood River it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Zigzag River is 3.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend
    hours on the river in one stretch. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often tougher than elsewhere, so
better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The Central Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are some good sections to paddle in this river  
system, the Tollgate to Sandy River section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Zigzag River you'll perhaps meet some people from Rhododendron, and as expected, everybody loves John B. Yeon State Park. These mountains rock, just look at all the amusing stuff to do in the Central Cascade Range. You need to take a look at Crutcher Bench while you're here at Zigzag River, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Zigzag River; West Zigzag Mountain Trail is a good local trail. This river has so much to offer. Mount Hood National Forest is a wonderful spot; the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Mt.

Zigzag River, Tollgate to Sandy 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 Zigzag River.
 Whitewater Near Zigzag River:
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.5 miles long (Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam)
Whitewater Outfitter - ON the Edge Adventures, Clackamas County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Zigzag River, Clackamas County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Tollgate to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road)
Little Sandy River, Clackamas County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 10 miles long (Bridge on FS 14 to SE Marmot Road)
Roaring River, Clackamas County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Road 4611 to Roaring River Campground)
Clackamas River - Oak Grove Fork, Clackamas County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Lower Five Miles to Clackamas River)
Hood River - Lake Branch, Hood River County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12.5 miles long (Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Marmot Dam to Revenue Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Zigzag River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 12 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 15 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 18 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 23 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 45 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 67 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
White Pass, Washington , 73 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 84 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 85 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Hotels Near Zigzag River:
The Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 2 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 3 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 3 miles away
Best Western Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 11 miles away
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Zigzag River:
Toll Gate - Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, 2 miles away
Pioneer Tollgate Campground, Clackamas County, 2 miles away
Green Canyon, Welches, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Zigzag River:
West Zigzag Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 2 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 3016 feet elevation difference
Flag Mountain Trail, Clackamas , 2 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 924 feet elevation difference
Plaza Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 3149 feet elevation difference
Arrah Wanna Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 3154 feet elevation difference
Bonanza Trail, Clackamas , 4 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 3516 feet elevation difference
Hambone Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 1286 feet elevation difference
Cool Creek Trail, Clackamas , 5 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 3377 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Zigzag River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 68 miles away
Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon , 5 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 14 miles away
Ainsworth State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Zigzag River:
Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Zigzag River
Bull Run Lake, Clackamas , 9 miles away
Frying Pan Lake, Clackamas , 12 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 16 miles away

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