- Excellent safety record.
First and foremost, we focus on keeping everyone safe. In addition to your guide, we have additional support staff monitoring each trip in order to provide the best possible safety in the unlikely event of an accident.
- Great meals.
Our meals are comprised of high-quality ingredients including a variety of drink choices. All our full-day trips include a steak and chicken bar-b-que lunch and are served alongside the river.
The owner of Blue Sky Rafting participates in many of our river trips assuring that our trips maintain the highest quality possible.
- Un-crowded rafts.
We average 4-5 paddlers in each raft. We guarantee you won’t be crammed into a huge raft with 8 other people.
- We “play” our way down the river.
We encourage our guides to have fun on our trips. This may include stops to swim, “surf” the rafts, pop wheelies, or play group raft games.
- Focus on river trips, not marketing.
Our energy is focused on creating memorable river trips not slick advertising.
- Outgoing, caring individuals.
Our guides genuinely want your trip to be a memorable experience and will go the extra mile to make sure that happens.
- Experts on the rivers we run.
Our guides focus on a few, select rivers and know them inside and out.
- Have the ability to tailor the river trip for different expectations and abilities.
Our guides recognize that every group is different. We don’t offer “cookie cutter” trips but respect the needs of all individuals on our trips.
- Certified in CPR and First Aid at a minimum.
Many of our guides have advanced certification in First Aid and rescue techniques.
Everyone at Blue Sky invites you to join us and create your own special memories!
Because weather is quite variable in the spring and water is generally cold, we recommend wearing a wetsuit. Wetsuits are available for rent from Blue Sky Rafting for $5. They fit comfortably over a swimsuit. We recommend wearing something on your feet in order to give some protection while walking on shore. Options include sneakers, aqua-socks, river sandals or wetsuit booties. Wetsuit booties provide extra insulation and can be rented directly from Blue Sky Rafting for $3. Splash jackets are usually recommended for wearing over a wetsuit. We provide jackets free of charge. These jackets help keep your torso a little dryer and warmer. A wool or synthetic fleece sweater can be layered underneath the splash jacket to provide even more insulation.
Generally the weather is warm and sunny during summer trips. Most people choose to wear shorts or a bathing suit. A t-shirt is a good choice for sun protection.
- Swimsuit, shorts and/or a t-shirt
- Shoes (wetsuit booties, river sandals, aqua socks, etc.)
- Hat for sun protection
- Strap or string for prescription glasses
Located along the I 205 corridor, these hotels provide easy access to both downtown Portland and are an easy 25 minute drive to the Clackamas River.
Located at the base of Mt. Hood along the Hwy. 26 corridor, Sandy is a great jumping off base for adventures around Mt. Hood. Approximately 25 minutes from the Clackamas River.
The Clackamas River abounds with camping possibilities. There are a variety of Forest Service campgrounds along the main river as well as dispersed camping in the area. For reservations and other camping information visit the Forest Service website. We can arrange for pick-up or drop-off at many of the main campgrounds. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Lazy Bend Campground
Nice site with good access to the river and flush toilets. Located about 1 mile downstream from where our typical summer trip ends.
Great site with excellent river access including a great swimming hole. Located off the main highway so very little road noise.
Beautiful site with lots of big trees. Limited river access and flush toilets. Located about 1/4 mile away from the beginning of our full-day Clackamas River trip.
All guests will be asked to read and sign an Assumption of Risk Participation Agreement prior to any whitewater rafting trip. Minors must also have the Agreement read and signed by a parent or legal guardian. If the minor’s legal guardians will not be participating in the trip, the form may be read and signed in advance of your rafting trip or kayak course. Simply print the Assumption of Risk Participation Agreement, read it, and bring the signed form with you when you sign in for your trip.
If you cancel your trip at least 4 days in advance you will receive a full refund minus a $10 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations without at least 4 days prior notice will receive no refund.
Consumption of alcohol before or during any whitewater activity creates a serious risk to all participants on the trip. Alcohol is not permitted before or during any of our whitewater trips. Guests arriving for a trip under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to participate, and no refund will be given.
Risk management is our first priority, and we reserve the right to change or cancel any rafting trips due to inappropriate water levels, weather conditions, or other circumstances beyond our control.
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