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Trip Planning What to Wear
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What to Wear

Spring TripsWetsuit Picture

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.

Summer Trips

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.

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Eastern Portland
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.

Hampton Inn
9040 SE Adams, Clackamas, OR 97015

Comfort Suites
15929 SE McKinley Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015-9452

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.

Best Western Sandy
37465 Highway 26, Sandy, OR US 97055
Phone: 503-668-7100
Toll Free Reservations: 888-882-1214


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.

Fish Creek
Great site with excellent river access including a great swimming hole. Located off the main highway so very little road noise.

Indian Henry
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.


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Blue Sky Whitewater Rafting is licensed by the State of Oregon, fully insured, and proudly operates under Special Use Permits in cooperation with the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Salem District of the BLM. We are an equal opportunity service provider.

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