The Lower Clackamas River is a great beginner rafting trip, perfect for families with smaller kids or groups just wanting a scenic, mellow day on the river.
- Half-Day Per Person
- Full-Day Per Person
WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP ON THE CLACKAMAS RIVER
The Clackamas River is our home river and our most popular rafting trip. The Clackamas is one of the premier white water rivers in Oregon and is within easy reach of anywhere in the Portland metro area. Lush old-growth forests line the bank of this steep canyon and reflect off the crystal-clear water.
Spring trips offer the biggest white water with large waves and powerful currents. Pools between each rapid provide a chance to regroup before powering through the middle of the next rapid. As the weather gets warmer in the summer, the rapids require more maneuvering but still provide plenty of opportunities to get wet.
All Clackamas River trips meet near where we finish our river trip at the Moore Creek Boat Access Site on the Clackamas River. The site is just east of MP35 on Hwy. 224, about 11 miles east of Estacada, OR. You can change here and leave dry clothes in your vehicle. Once done changing, we travel upstream in a Blue Sky Rafting van to the launch area.
At the launch area, you are outfitted with a life jacket, and your guides provide a safety talk as well as explain how to ride and paddle in the raft.
FULL-DAY TRIP ITINERARY
The morning portion of the trip includes many fun rapids, some great swimming areas, and some of the best scenery on the whole river. We generally stop for lunch sometime between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. All Clackamas River trips include a great sirloin steak and chicken bar-b-que, which is served alongside the river. Lunch generally lasts a half-hour to an hour.
After lunch, we board the rafts again and continue running fun rapids and playing our way down the river. We usually reach the take-out between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., depending on water levels and guest preferences. At the take-out, you are very close to your car, where you can change clothes and view pictures from the day. The age limit for a full-day trip is ages 10 and up.