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Kayaking & Canoeing Clackamas River Oregon

June Creek Bridge to Collawash River
 map of June Creek Bridge to Collawash River
Put-in:  June Creek Bridge
Take-out:  Collawash River
Difficulty:  Class III+
Length:  8 miles
Killer Fang Run
 map of Killer Fang Run
Put-in:  Collawash River
Take-out:  Sandstone Bridge
Difficulty:  Class IV (V)
Length:  8.5 miles
Three Lynx Run
 photos of Three Lynx Run  map of Three Lynx Run
Put-in:  Three Lynx Power Station
Take-out:  North Fork Reservoir
Difficulty:  Class III (IV)
Length:  13 miles
Cazadero Dam to Milo McIver Park
Put-in:  Cazadero Dam
Take-out:  Milo McIver Park
Difficulty:  Class III, IV
Length:  2.5 miles
Milo McIver State Park to Barton County Park
 map of Milo McIver State Park to Barton County Park
Put-in:  Milo McIver State Park
Take-out:  Barton County Park
Difficulty:  Class II
Length:  8 miles
Barton Park to Carver
 map of Barton Park to Carver
Put-in:  Barton Park
Take-out:  Carver Boat Ramp
Difficulty:  Class II
Length:  6 miles
Carver to the Willamette River
 map of Carver to the Willamette River
Put-in:  Carver
Take-out:  Clackamette Park
Difficulty:  Class I, II Continuous
Length:  8 miles
Upper Bridge to Main Put-In Road/Trail- North Fork
Put-in:  North Frok Reservoir Dam
Take-out:  Main Put-In Road/Trail
Difficulty:  Class IV+
Length:  4 miles
Put-In Road/Trail to North Fork Reservoir
Put-in:  Put-In Road/Trail
Take-out:  North Fork Clackamas Reservoir
Difficulty:  Class V
Length:  3.5 miles


The Clackamas River is a tributary of the Willamette River that stretches nearly 83 miles long in northwestern Oregon. The headwaters of the Clackamas River are in the Cascades Mountains in Mount Hood National Forest, just north of Mt. Jefferson. The river supports Coho and Chinook salmon runs as well as steelhead. It is named after the Clackamas Indian tribe that once lived on the river.

The Clackamas carves through an impressive gorge lined with old-growth Douglas-fir trees. Rafters may see Bald Eagles, the Northern Spotted Owl and even the threatened Peregrine Falcon.

Forty-seven miles of the Clackamas River, from Big Springs to Big Cliff, was added to the National Wild and Scenic River System in 1988. The most popular section of the river to raft is the Upper Clackamas which has countless rapids and spectacular scenery.

This is one of the closest rivers to Portland, so for those who are on a time budget it is the perfect half or full day get-a-way.

Both the Upper and Lower Clackamas River is open to private boaters and rafters. The lower section is an excellent place to begin whitewater boating, as the river is wide at normal flows and generally uncrowded despite its popularity and proximity to Portland. The Upper section is filled with class III+ and IV rapids like Powerhouse, Carter’s Bridge Falls, Hole in the Wall, Toilet Bowl and Bob’s Hole, and is considered an Oregon favorite, especially the section between Three Lynx Power Station and North Fork Reservoir.